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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…

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.

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...

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.

TOP Pilot Results

TOP Pilot Results

A month and a half ago, we announced the beginning of our TOP (Tenant-Owner-Proactive) Pilot for Code Enforcement. After its first six weeks, we have some exciting preliminary results to share with you.

Who is the i-team? Our interns' perspectives

Who is the i-team? Our interns' perspectives

As you open the door to the Syracuse Innovation Office, your eyes catch the brightly painted walls, a sitting area with literature on cities and data science, the chalkboard wall covered in names and drawings. To your right is a conference room, decorated wall to wall in gigantic white post its; layered in smaller multicolored ones. Each note contains a problem, solution, or idea. In the final room sits the team of dedicated city innovators, busy working on improving economic opportunity in Syracuse.