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Local News: Building a Stronger and More Diverse Culture around News

May 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Local News: Building a Stronger and More Diverse Culture around News

The decline of local news is hardly breaking news. But the slowness of this decline can obscure the impacts. As newspapers get thinner—and articles posted on their corresponding websites dwindle in content or quantity—information influencing key community decisions becomes harder to find and organize around. Reliable, accessible and equitable local news is an important component […]

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Using Public Libraries as a Framework for Smart Cities

February 18, 2022 / Comments Off on Using Public Libraries as a Framework for Smart Cities

For us to design cities of the future, it is important for us not to forget the institutions that helped us get to where we are today. Public libraries have played a pivotal role in communities and will need to be at the forefront when thinking about and planning for smart city initiatives. Public libraries […]

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Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants

February 7, 2022 / Comments Off on Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grant program (formerly known as BUILD), provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Determining the costs, benefits, and positive impacts of large infrastructure projects requires […]

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The Future of Cities Requires Refining What it Means to be a Smart City

January 28, 2022 / Comments Off on The Future of Cities Requires Refining What it Means to be a Smart City

Over the past five years, Econsult Solutions, through its former joint venture, completed cutting edge research on smart cities around the world, exploring how leading global cities begin their smart city journey, what they were investing in, and what those investments meant in terms of return on investment. We have learned that the use of […]

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The Future of Cities is Accessible Quality of Place

January 21, 2022 / Comments Off on The Future of Cities is Accessible Quality of Place

Technological disruption, public health scares, and pushback against systemic disparities have all elevated the importance of and demand for quality places in urban settings. At a time when technology and infrastructure have enabled people and businesses to locate anywhere and collaborate virtually, city and regional leaders increasingly need to evaluate, refine, and in some cases […]

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The Future of Cities is Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

January 14, 2022 / Comments Off on The Future of Cities is Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Cities have always competed as places of human expression, cultural exchange, and commerce. An important way that future cities will compete is as inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems. This is true for two reasons. First, in our global knowledge economy, regions compete through innovation. Second, innovation requires diversity and intensity of interaction. Despite the mythology around innovation—think […]

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