Economic Development

How Long Beach is aligning stakeholders for long-term success

How Long Beach is aligning stakeholders for long-term success

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.

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.

mySidewalk Introduces Custom Reports: Turn Your Data Into an Interactive Story

mySidewalk Introduces Custom Reports: Turn Your Data Into an Interactive Story

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.”

Beyond Open Data Portals: How Cities are Building Stronger Futures by Harnessing Data

Beyond Open Data Portals: How Cities are Building Stronger Futures by Harnessing Data

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.  

How DC Planners Used a Bikeshare Program to Reduce Traffic Congestion

How DC Planners Used a Bikeshare Program to Reduce Traffic Congestion

DC's first bikesharing program may have been a flop, but its successor program has managed to lift some traffic congestion. What made the current program successful, and what can other planners learn from DC's success? 

5 Simple Things You Can Do Make Your City More Walkable

5 Simple Things You Can Do Make Your City More Walkable

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.