Projects

Pittsburgh, PA is fostering startup culture through PGH Lab

PP
Pittsburgh, PA
PGH Lab provides local startups with an opportunity to test their products and services with the City of Pittsburgh. The city provides a dedicated liaison, access to equipment, infrastructure and staff needed to successfully pilot the product.
Economic Development+1
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Mountain View, CA adopted a safe parking program to assist its homeless community

MV
Mountain View, CA
The Safe Parking Program provides overnight space in public and private lots for people who live in their cars. The city contracts with lot operators to review temporary visitor applications, maintain liability coverage, and connect residents with social services.
Health & Human Services+1
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Westminster, CO built a GIS map utilizing city data to accurately estimate water usage

WC
Westminster, CO
Westminster built a GIS map that overlays water resources and infrastructure to estimate water usage. The map is helpful for developers looking to understand how much water their developments will utilize. The map also helps the city with long-term water supply planning.
Water+4
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Springettsbury, PA solicited advice from U.S. Justice Department to improve its police department

SP
Springettsbury, PA
The Springettsbury Township Police Department asked the U.S. Justice Department for help on how to improve police-community relations. They incorporated procedural justice into daily practice, developed a body camera policy, and encouraged community-involvement.
Citizen Engagement+2
Project Succeeded
2
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Portage, IN released a mobile app for access to police services

PI
Portage, IN
The OCV-designed app connects to the state's sex offender registry and an anonymous tip line. Users can learn more about police programs such as the Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative. The app also includes social media links and contacts for local and county agencies.
Public Safety+3
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Raleigh, NC designed a mobile app to report and reduce litter

RN
Raleigh, NC
Raleigh designed and released a mobile app that allows residents to report various types of litter that they spot downtown. The app then uploads the information to a central database where city officials can see the type of waste and where it was located.
Mobile App+3
Project Succeeded
3

Grand Prairie, TX enabled virtual inmate visitation at its municipal jail

GP
Grand Prairie, TX
The video visitation system allows minors and out-of-area guests to visit with inmates after approval of their online profiles. Police officers are able to monitor video visits and the system's costs are offset by users rather than city residents.
Public Safety+2
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Pawtucket, RI is improving safety in low-speed areas with traffic cameras and awareness programs

PR
Pawtucket, RI
This program uses cameras stationed at 15 intersections and nine public schools to ticket motorists running red lights or exceeding speed limits. The city's months-long awareness campaign included public appearances by school mascots and mailed warnings for violations.
Road & Traffic Management+2
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Jackson County, MI runs and owns a comprehensive recycling road program

JC
Jackson County, MI
Jackson County is the only municipality in the US that owns and operates a recycling road program. The county purchased new road recycling equipment that is used to grind up roads to create new road base. Road recycling reduces cracking, costs, and creates stronger roads.
Road & Traffic Management+1
Project Succeeded
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Hamilton County, IN launched a web application to help citizens with property deduction forms

HC
Hamilton County, IN
Hamilton County launched a web application that allows citizens to submit four different property deduction forms. The user friendly application uses an existing property database to pre-fill many of the values in the forms, which reduces the number of errors.
Productivity+1
Project Succeeded
2
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Macon County, GA partnered with the Air Force to develop a technical college

MC
Macon County, GA
Macon-Bibb County is partnering with the Air Force to develop a technical college that will create a workforce pipeline. Students will receive hands-on training at the same facility where aircraft are being worked on and bring economic development to the county.
Citizen Engagement+3
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Highland Park, IL launched a feminine hygiene product pilot program

HP
Highland Park, IL
Highland Park is testing a program that will outfit all public restrooms with dispensers of free feminine hygiene products and reduce the stigma of menstruation. The program is expected to expand to all city-owned public restrooms.
Health & Human Services+1
3

Shakopee, MN plans to use augmented reality to promote natural resource conservation

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Shakopee, MN
Shakopee is opening a historical cultural center to preserve the area's history, enhance visitor experiences, and promote natural resource conservation. The project will use augmented reality so visitors can experience when the city used to be a major riverport.
Virtual Reality+1
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Monterey, CA used a unique bid parameter to receive the best solar panel project

MC
Monterey, CA
Monterey set unique bidding parameters on a solar energy project. Typically the bid calls for lowest cost per watt, but they called for the lowest weighted system unit price. This resulted in the highest quality solar panels that optimized energy production.
Energy Solutions+1
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Santa Barbara County, CA is opening a state-of-the-art recycling facility

SB
Santa Barbara County, CA
Santa Barbara County is opening a recycling center that will raise the county's landfill diversion rate above 85%. The center is expected to generate enough energy to be self-sustaining and generate enough electricity to power 2,000 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling+1
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Yuba County, CA is using storage sheds as housing for the homeless

YC
Yuba County, CA
Yuba County constructed a 20-storage shed village as an emergency housing option for homeless residents. The sheds can be used for homeless occupants and homeless people can receive services for up to 90 days as long as they are working on finding permanent housing.
Homelessness+2
Project Succeeded
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St. Louis Park, MN created an accelerated training program to boost police applications

SL
St Louis Park, MN
St. Louis Park worked with other police departments to create a program to boost police applications and increase diversity. The program offered an accelerated program at a technical college that allows candidates to complete their training in four months rather than two years.
Intergovernmental Cooperation+1
Project Succeeded
4
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Jackson, MS public broadband project reaches downtown businesses

JM
Jackson, MS
The initial pilot provides high-speed Internet in downtown Jackson using a buried dark fiber network. City officials aim for a citywide network with up to 100 GB speeds to serve the state's highest density of employers.
Networking: Broadband and Connectivity+1
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Denver, CO pilots shower access program for homeless population

DC
Denver, CO
The city's Human Services and Parks & Recreation departments host the pilot program at the La Alam Recreation Center during its off-hours. Showers are open to male residents on early Monday mornings, while female residents can access showers on early Friday mornings.
Citizen Services+2
1

Mesa, AZ considers streetlight dimming project to reduce light pollution

MA
Mesa, AZ
Mesa's replacement of sodium vapor lights with LED bulbs opens the possibility for targeted dimming. The city council is considering a $17 million plan to dim lights up to 40% at night using smart control nodes. This plan would balance public safety and light pollution concerns.
Road Safety+2
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Seattle, WA released a mobile app that allows residents to give to the homeless

SW
Seattle, WA
Seattle partnered with a company to release an app that helps the homeless. When a user walks by a homeless person, they will receive a notification. They can read the homeless person's story and give money. The homeless user can then go to certain stores to buy what they need. 
Mobile App+2
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Menlo Park, CA is using augmented reality to improve firefighter vision during emergencies

MP
Menlo Park, CA
The Menlo Park Fire Department worked with a private company to develop an augmented reality smoke mask that helps firefighters see in smoke filled environments. The system uses a thermal camera, augmented reality glasses, and a GPU to create a wire-frame view of the environment.
Virtual Reality+2
Project Succeeded
4
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Norfolk, VA is creating a fiber cable ring to increase internet connections

NV
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk is working with four other cities to create a "digital port" that will have impressive internet speeds and connections by installing underground fiber cable lines. The project will give residents, businesses, and universities access to cheaper and faster internet.
Facilities & Infrastructure+3
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Jefferson County, TN created a program for addicts that do not qualify for court recovery programs

JC
Jefferson County, TN
Jefferson County created a program to serve drug offenders that need treatment, but do not qualify for drug recovery court programs. Offenders are evaluated and given health treatment plans. They meet with corrections officers and judges to ensure they stick to the plan.
Health & Human Services+2
Project Succeeded
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