Below the Line: An Analysis of Barriers to Opportunity in Syracuse

Below the Line: An Analysis of Barriers to Opportunity in Syracuse

Syracuse was recently named the 9th most impoverished city in the country according to data published by the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS). The City’s Office of Accountability, Performance and Innovation, working alongside the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, recently released an analysis of poverty in the city and key barriers to progress…

The 2018 Civic Innovation Challenge

The 2018 Civic Innovation Challenge

[VIDEO] In August of 2018, we hosted the City of Syracuse’s first annual Civic Innovation Challenge! Five City employees pitched ideas to address challenges to a panel of judges, and two were selected as winners. Watch the video below to learn about the winning projects…

e-Permits: Jump Out Of Line, Get Your Permit On Time!

 e-Permits: Jump Out Of Line, Get Your Permit On Time!

In August we hosted our first ideas competition called the Civic Innovation Challenge. Approximately twenty ideas were submitted by employees to improve City operations. As part of the competition, entrants had to explain how their idea related to the City’s guiding principles and objectives. One of the winning ideas is to institute electronic permit applications…

Upstate Data Summit

Upstate Data Summit

[VIDEO] On June 6th, Mark Headd, in partnership with Syracuse University’s iSchool, organized and hosted the first-ever Upstate Data Summit, a conference of data officers and analysts from across upstate New York. At the conference, public data and innovation professionals held panels on how cities including Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, and Binghamton can efficiently gather and use data to improve everything from housing safety to road & sidewalk repair.

Our Summer Storytellers

Our Summer Storytellers

This summer, we started a new internship program to help tell the stories of civic innovation happening in City Hall! Three interns have joined us to learn, write, and produce videos about the innovative work that goes on here every day. Please allow me to introduce you to our storytelling interns:

Budget Data Release

Budget Data Release

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...

Plowing through the Data: The Winners!

Plowing through the Data: The Winners!

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.