How the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas is Fighting Blight with Data

How the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas is Fighting Blight with Data

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS (the UG) is fighting blight in their community with an innovative, data-driven program designed to cut through silos across fifteen departments.

How Kansas City, MO Used Resident Survey Data to Pass an $800 Million Bond

How Kansas City, MO Used Resident Survey Data to Pass an $800 Million Bond

During this webinar (recorded on Tuesday, April 17), Kate Bender, Deputy Performance Officer for the City of Kansas City, MO—and one of Bloomberg's Data-Driven Women to Watch—discusses the role resident survey data played in passing the City's historic $800M GO Bond for infrastructure improvement. She focuses specifically on what the Office of Performance Management did early on that paved the way for the win—including the strategies and tools they employed to help Public Works and other departments operationalize survey results.

How the Downtown Council of Kansas City, MO is Proving Impact and Boosting Momentum Using Data

How the Downtown Council of Kansas City, MO is Proving Impact and Boosting Momentum Using Data

With an urban core that is "riding a 15-year wave of growth and prosperity attracting residents, employers, and talent while unlocking opportunities and engaging private investment in Downtown", the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri wanted a way to share—and celebrate—its wins. The Council also needed to prove that the downtown was having a positive impact on the broader community and create even more excitement for its plans moving forward. 

To help organize this information in a way that was meaningful and impactful for residents, developers, and investors, the Downtown Council (DTC) worked with mySidewalk to create a user-friendly, data-driven resource—the State of Downtown dashboard. Below we've highlighted some of the Council's goals, challenges, and major discoveries. 

What Opportunity Zones Should You Choose?

What Opportunity Zones Should You Choose?

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law last December, introduced a brand new designation for low income communities called “Opportunity Zones”. Today, states around the country are scrambling to build lists of qualifying census tracts so that they can benefit from the new designations. The hope is that these zones will see years of new investment in areas that have historically seen decades of disinvestment. The twist? Only 25% of all qualifying census tracts will be chosen. Also, the deadline is March 21. 

mySidewalk is working with organizations across the country to identify census tracts and align data with local needs in areas where they can make impactful improvements—before the deadline.