When James Anderson took to the podium last week at the Bloomberg Philanthropies convening of communications directors from U.S. cities, he knew how to get my attention. James, who worked in a role just like mine under Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City, is now the leader of Bloomberg’s Government Innovation team. He showed us the hard cold reality from the Edelman Trust Barometer: Americans don’t trust government.
This week we added new data to DataCuse focusing on the budget. In his State of the City address, Mayor Walsh detailed some of the challenges the City faces when it comes to finances.
In an effort to be open and to explain the way the City budgets and spends money, we now have data about spending...
In the past we’ve written about the impacts of unsafe, unhealthy, and unstable housing. But what do we actually mean when we talk about housing stability?
When we say housing instability, we are talking about the high frequency of forced moves that our residents endure...
For the second year in a row, the City of Syracuse partnered with Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and AT&T to run a civic hackathon. More than 30 teams and 90 people signed up to participate, and ultimately 16 teams submitted projects. The winners had creative solutions that were well-conceived and built out enough that we could get an idea of how to implement in the future.
Last week, we hosted to Snow Safety Summit to get public feedback and ideas about these issues, with our biggest focus on clearing sidewalks. We structured this event differently than past meetings. It was “open house” style and consisted of several different stations where people could weigh in on different winter related topics. Approximately 150 people attended the Summit, and we were able to collect valuable feedback that we have already sorted through. You can review the ideas, suggestions, and comments that we received on our open data portal, DataCuse.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the Summit...
Today, we are excited to release some of the snowplow data as part of the “Plowing Through the Data” hackathon, put on in partnership with the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and AT&T. We did a similar hackathon last year, and look forward to seeing what ideas and projects people come up with.
Voting for our next priority area is officially open! After an initial round of submitting ideas, six issues emerged as the most popular choices, from which we are now asking residents to vote on their top picks using a new online platform to builds community engagement.
Voting is now open at https://innovatesyracuse.com/vote and at several libraries and community centers!