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Alameda County, Calif., Sets High Standards for Hackathons

The county has received national recognition for its innovative open data initiatives that have benefited the community while reducing costs.

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Caltrans: Bay Bridge Water Woes Continue, More Rods Will be Tested
Caltrans in the last week discovered water -- a potential corrosive threat -- was sitting against more than 90 percent of the 424 anchor rods that tie the elegant new self-anchored suspension span to its foundation.

Oct 1, 2014
Austin Mulls Regulations for Uber, Lyft
Over the next year, at least half a dozen other Texas cities are likely to tackle the same thorny debate that's under way in Austin over how to regulate vehicle-for-hire apps like Uber and Lyft while maintaining traditional taxi services.

Oct 1, 2014
Google Pittsburgh Instrumental in Fight Against Hackers, Co-Directors Say
The projects to thwart online advertising scams and to improve cellphone security underscore how the local office established itself as a solver of complex problems and has earned increased responsibility.

Oct 1, 2014
Snohomish County, Wash., PUD Drops Tidal-Energy Project
The costs of construction and monitoring for the research project — which would have tested the energy output of two, 20-foot-diameter turbines — have turned out to be nearly double the initial estimates.

Oct 1, 2014
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Battle Lines Drawn in Manatee County, Fla., 911 Upgrade Debate
The county is offering a single workplace at the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center for all those answering 911 calls, but some cities complain they have not been consulted in the planning.

Sep 30, 2014
A New Industry Emerges in the Shadow of Twitter (Industry Perspective)
A small but vibrant industry is changing the way governments, elected officials and citizens communicate.

Sep 29, 2014
Use of Facial Recognition Technology Grows for Law Enforcement Purposes
The Raleigh, N.C., Police Department is the latest to choose the technology for criminal investigations.

Sep 29, 2014
Two California Cities Plan for Year of Coding
West Sacramento and Vallejo will focus on health, and engagement between citizens and law enforcement, respectively

Sep 26, 2014
Google to Fund Metro Detroit Teacher Projects
In all, more than 280 projects from Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties will be funded by Google -- at a cost of about $240,000.

Sep 24, 2014
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Digital Cities Survey

The Center for Digital Government's Digital Cities Survey is conducted annually in the summer: July - August. All United States cities, towns, villages and consolidated city/county governments are invited to participate in this survey. The awards are presented concurrently with the NLC conference held each November.

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Digital Counties Survey

The Center for Digital Government's Digital Counties Survey is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) annually in the spring: March - April. All U.S. counties are invited to participate (consolidated county-city jurisdictions are invited to participate in the Digital Cities Survey in the summer). The awards are presented during NACO's annual conference each July.

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