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Detroit Launches Auction Website to Help Sell Abandoned Homes

The website will be the city's clearinghouse for auctions of homes that the city offers through a program that forces vacant home owners to fix them up and get them occupied.

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Sheriff's Department Partners With Nextdoor to Promote Neighborhood Safety
With its Nextdoor partnership, the Sheriff’s Department in Sacramento, Calif., will be able to communicate online with neighborhoods in the county.

Apr 16, 2014
Elected Officials Call for Outside Review of Bay Bridge Corrosion
Officials said their concerns stemmed from a local newspaper investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a supposedly protected chamber.

Apr 16, 2014
Editorial: Yellow Cab Seeks to Join the Ride-Share Business
Yellow Cab Co. is creating its own new model, called “Yellow X.” Like Lyft and Uber, drivers for Yellow X would be able to use their personal cars.

Apr 16, 2014
Palo Alto: PD Launches Mobile App to Share Info
The app brings together information already shared through different channels, but with new features and functionality.

Apr 16, 2014
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Bill That Would Allow Three Connecticut Municipalities to Share Dispatch Passes Committee
The bill is in response to a request from New London, Waterford and East Lyme for authorization to create a regional dispatch center with a governing board.

Apr 16, 2014
One Year After Approval, Pittsburgh Gunshot Detection System Remains Inactive
Councilman Ricky Burgess sponsored legislation that would authorize the city to buy and integrate the equipment, but officials aren't sure how long it will be until it is utilized.

Apr 15, 2014
Seattle Hires Interim CTO, Focuses on Broadband and Microsoft 365 Pilot
After the cancellation of the city's fiber rollout and the departure of Chief Technology Officer Erin Devoto, the city has found a temporary replacement to head technology efforts.

Apr 11, 2014
AT&T Proposal for High-Speed Fiber Network Takes Step Forward
The company announced that its proposal for an ultra-high speed network has been sent on to municipalities for closer scrutiny.

Apr 11, 2014
Pittsburgh's Payroll System Delays Add Up
Officials are pointing fingers over who is to blame, and the city is risking the ire of state financial overseers, who have made system implementation a condition of budget approval.

Apr 11, 2014
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Digital Cities & Counties Survey: Best Practices Quick Reference Guide
This Best Practices Quick Reference Guide is a compilation of examples from the 2013 Digital Cities and Counties Surveys showcasing the innovative ways local governments are using technological tools to respond to the needs of their communities. It is our hope that by calling attention to just a few examples from cities and counties of all sizes, we will encourage further collaboration and spark additional creativity in local government service delivery.
Wireless Reporting Takes Pain (& Wait) out of Voting
In Michigan and Minnesota counties, wireless voting via the AT&T network has brought speed, efficiency and accuracy to elections - another illustration of how mobility and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology help governments to bring superior services and communication to constituents.
Why Would a City Proclaim Their Data “Open by Default?”
The City of Palo Alto, California, a 2013 Center for Digital Government Digital City Survey winner, has officially proclaimed “open” to be the default setting for all city data. Are they courageous or crazy?
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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 with populations of 30,000 or greater 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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