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. 

Smart Cities are Taking a New Approach to Measuring Progress

Smart Cities are Taking a New Approach to Measuring Progress

Communities have historically struggled to answer a basic but existential question: Are we becoming a better place for all citizens to live, work, and play?

After four months of research at mySidewalk—including in-depth interviews, workflow mapping, and design sprints with dozens of city leaders and analysts—it’s clear that smart cities will take a new approach to not only answer that question, but to ensure it’s a yes.

Top 4 Performance Measures for Mid-Size Cities

Top 4 Performance Measures for Mid-Size Cities

As city budgets continue to shrink, the pressure to be more efficient and purposeful with resources is ever mounting—and residents expect transparency around how city funds are used. Providing proof that positive changes emerge from money spent has never been more crucial. Increasingly, cities are forming performance management departments to track performance metrics and guide the betterment of city governments.

mySidewalk studied performance metrics used by 20 mid-size cities to uncover the most common performance measures; 4 categories emerged as metrics that are universally vital to tracking city progress.