Behind the Scenes of the Business Portal

Behind the Scenes of the Business Portal

Our Department of Neighborhood and Business Development launched, in partnership with Code for America, business.syrgov.net. We wrote about the site previously, and in this post will walk through some of the site’s backend, technical details.

Round and Round, All Through the Town

Round and Round, All Through the Town

When we started our Economic Opportunity research, transportation access was a major theme that arose. It’s hard to find or keep work if you can’t get there. All of the members of our team have cars and drive to work, so transportation challenges aren't something that we typically experience. So we decided to take the bus to see what public transit in Syracuse was really like.

Open Data Policy Live for Public Comment

Open Data Policy Live for Public Comment

Today, we are excited to release the City of Syracuse’s Open Data Policy. This policy is different because we are asking you to comment on it before it is made official. Visit this site https://documents.mymadison.io/docs/city-of-syracuse-open-data-policy and state your support or opposition. Additionally, you can comment or leave notes so the policy can be changed where appropriate.

Who you gonna call? Call 2-1-1

Who you gonna call? Call 2-1-1

Connecting someone to the right service means connecting them to a safe place to sleep at night, to health care, to legal representation, to employment resources, etc. What good is a service if nobody knows about it?

A Love (Post-it) Note to Qualitative Data

A Love (Post-it) Note to Qualitative Data

In February, Samantha, Adria and I traded in our Syracuse winter coats for Long Beach sunglasses. We touched down in Long Beach, California and geared up for a three-day workshop on designing human-centered solutions to complex social challenges, like economic opportunity.

Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity

We are excited to announce our second priority area: Economic Opportunity. More specifically, ensuring that people have the resources, environment, skills, and tools necessary to pursue their life goals and make a living sufficient to support a high quality of life - in keeping with one’s own potential, and irrespective of their starting point on the social and economic ladder.

Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Professor Sam Musa defines a smart city as one that:

“engages its citizens and connects its infrastructure electronically. A smart city has the ability to integrate multiple technological solutions, in a secure fashion, to manage the city’s assets - the city’s assets include, but not limited to, local departments’ information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, powerplants, law enforcement, and other community services. The goal of building a smart city is to improve the quality of life by using technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs.”