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...

What is housing stability?

What is housing stability?

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...

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.

Priority 3: Housing Stability

Priority 3: Housing Stability

We are excited to announce that the next priority area the i-team will focus on is Housing Stability! After a six week public engagement process and input from our Common Councilors, the Mayor has decided that housing stability is the best challenge for the team to take on.

Snow Safety Summit: Next Steps

Snow Safety Summit: Next Steps

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...