The City of Long Beach published their Economic Development Blueprint - a 10-year plan for economic success. Learn how the city is using their Economic Insights Dashboard to make sure city staff and leadership can focus on implementation and keeping the momentum going.
Recently, the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership launched a mySidewalk data dashboard. This blog highlights their goals, challenges, and the data-driven solution they're employing to retain and attract businesses for the City of Alexandria.
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.
Tired of pulling together clunky reports that feature various forms of data? Frustrated with last-minute, one-size-fits-all reporting requests that require the time and energy of several people? Go ahead and take a breath, because those days are over. mySidewalk’s new Reports feature gives you the power to quickly pull together a dynamic report that tells your city’s story—and you can adjust every Report to fit the topics most important to each stakeholder.
“It’s now fast and easy for us to pull reports together for developers looking at our community," said Jackie Krawczak, president & CEO of Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, Michigan. "We can also quickly and easily change reports on the spot—in real time, right in front of the developer if necessary. It’s that easy to use.”
It’s 2017, and many cities are now opening their data to the public. Though residents now have access to a lot of (often complicated) data, few know how to interpret it. City leaders are starting to realize that opening data is simply not enough—in order to increase resident satisfaction and transparency around city performance, they must harness this data, using it in their everyday communications. In this post, we hear from three city leaders who are actively harnessing data—and reaping positive community outcomes as a result.
There has been a lot of talk about walkability recently. Research links walkability with safer, healthier communities, but obviously, not all cities currently enjoy highly walkable neighborhoods. The good news is that more and more cities are beginning to think seriously about investing in more walkable infrastructure. This trend is leading many planners and community leaders to consider questions like: How does one evaluate walkability in the first place? And what kinds of improvements can we make NOW? Both are great questions! To get started, below we’ve listed some simple ways to increase walkability in your city.