Community Development

Using Data to Bolster Fire Prevention & Safety in Your City

Using Data to Bolster Fire Prevention & Safety in Your City

More and more, local fire departments are partnering with community groups to disseminate crucial fire safety information into the hands of residents. Getting community organizations on board with fire safety tactics can significantly help improve resident understanding and utilization of fire preparedness and safety measures. By using data, every city and community can better understand how to bolster communication efforts to help residents make safer choices. More and more, local fire departments are partnering with community groups to disseminate crucial fire safety information.

A Reformed School System: The Pride of Baltimore City

A Reformed School System: The Pride of Baltimore City

Baltimore is barely recognizable from the city it used to be. Its high school system has come leaps and bounds from where it was before, particularly when it comes to two of the most crucial performance metrics—graduation rates and dropout rates. When examining some of the measures taken during this period to boost high school student and graduate numbers, one might reasonably conclude that the ingenuity of the policies adopted by Baltimore City provides a shining example for other cities looking to bolster their own records on education.

Smart Growth America Tackles Lack of Broadband Access in Appalachia

Smart Growth America Tackles Lack of Broadband Access in Appalachia

Alex Hutchinson, economic development specialist for Smart Growth America, has been working to tackle the lack of internet connectivity in Appalachian communities. Places that struggle with access to high-speed internet often face economic roadblocks as a result. A lack of internet connection can severely stunt a community’s growth. Read how he's using data to learn more about these places and help get them connected.