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One Year After Approval, Pittsburgh Gunshot Detection System Remains Inactive
April 15, 2014 - 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.

Seattle Hires Interim CTO, Focuses on Broadband and Microsoft 365 Pilot
April 11, 2014 - 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.

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

Pittsburgh's Payroll System Delays Add Up
April 11, 2014 - 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.

Austin Officials Attempt to Defuse Flap Over Urban Rail Plan
April 10, 2014 - Urban rail plan or bureaucratic placeholder?

Niagara County, N.Y., to Start Over on Data Network
April 10, 2014 - The county is allowing the two top bids for the network to expire, thus ending a confusing process that had continued for months.

Texas' Wolfforth Council to Use Google Docs to Streamline Water Well Ordinance
April 9, 2014 - Using technology like Google Docs allows the city to confine the council’s questions and contributed ideas about the ordinance to one document.

Data Empowers New Haven, Conn., Community
April 8, 2014 - The Homicide Watch website helps memorialize homicide victims, connects detectives with the community and helps them keep track of cases.

Former Bradenton, Fla., Fire Station May House Business Incubator
April 8, 2014 - Entrepreneurs will use the space until the business is ready to "graduate" from the incubator and have a presence of its own, ideally in the community.

Wilson, N.C.'s Greenlight Broadband Network Attracts National Attention
April 7, 2014 - The city's fiber optic network picked up national attention in a New York Times article as one of the few locations nationwide where the highest Internet speeds are available.

Smartphone Software Gives Rochester, Minn., Police Relationship Insight
April 7, 2014 - The department has been using an IBM-created investigative software for a little more than a year to help understand relationship associations between people they encounter on a relatively regular basis.

Afraid It Was Missing the Boat, Arlington, Texas, Tries the Bus
April 7, 2014 - Six months into the public transportation pilot, the Metro ArlingtonXpress has begun to draw riders, and supporters are optimistic that the service will prove popular enough to continue beyond 2015.

Divergent Views Emerge on Santa Rosa Open-Government Task Force
April 4, 2014 - The panel discussed what open government means, where the city has fallen short and how the panel should explore areas for improvement.

Lewis County, N.Y., Chamber of Commerce Seeks Businesses to Include in New Website
April 4, 2014 - Though the chamber’s approximately 400 members’ businesses were automatically included, all businesses will be listed at no charge for the website’s inaugural year.

Editorial: New Mexico Localities Devise New Way to Skirt Transparency
April 3, 2014 - The city of Clovis and Curry County, N.M., have recently employed new techniques intended to keep the sun from shining on the records of their activities.

Doña Ana County, N.M., 911 Center to be Finished in One Year
March 26, 2014 - The building design factors in security and sustainable-building features, such as vehicle barriers around the building, and bullet-proof walls and windows.

Lessons from the Kansas City Google Fiber Deployment
March 26, 2014 - Businesses want to work with a city that not only recognizes its role as a regulatory body, but as a facilitator of business relationships.

Botched County Contract Awarded Before Software Finished
March 25, 2014 - Software for the Multnomah County, Ore., Department of Assessment, Recording & Taxation department was never finished, but still cost taxpayers $2 million.

The Soft Infrastructure of Smart Cities
March 25, 2014 - Thanks to technology, the systems that run our cities are becoming more and more interconnected. But how we use those systems is always going to be guided by human intelligence.