By Data-Smart City Solutions • January 29, 2021

STATE SCOOP: PANDEMIC WAS 'STRESS TEST' FOR DATA OFFICE, SAYS KANSAS CITY OFFICIAL 

The coronavirus pandemic has been a real-time stress test for data and performance offices, which were challenged to collect, analyze, and visualize data for public and internal audiences. In this article, Kansas City’s deputy performance officer discusses how these challenges confirmed the important role of data in city management, economic recovery, and public health messaging.

 

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: CURB-MANAGEMENT PILOTS SMOOTH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC, DELIVERIES 

Curb management has been a challenge for city officials for several decades, although recently made more difficult with the rise of ride-sharing apps and pandemic-driven food and e-commerce deliveries. New pilots are using data to help guide curbside management, with things like “smart” loading zones, time reservations, and dynamic pricing. 

 

NYC OPPORTUNITY: INTEGRATING DATA TO SUPPORT CITYWIDE COVID-19 RESPONSE

As cities are managing prolonged and interrelated crises during the current pandemic, family and social support services are a life-saving priority for local governments. Using a single, seamless data management system streamlines application processes and helps connect people and families with the full range of eligible supports; in NYC, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity is using its data integration platform “to support more coordinated and effective service outreach and delivery.” 

 

MARIETTA DAILY JOURNAL: INDIANA CHAMBER ANNOUNCES TALENT DEVELOPMENT CLEARINGHOUSE TO STRENGTHEN STATE’S WORKFORCE 

Indiana’s new Talent Development Clearinghouse is a data-driven hub for employers and job seekers in the state. It will help employers improve their workforce’s skills and individuals understand the education, training, and credentials that employers are searching for, all based on data from community members, tech partners, and local institutes of higher education.

 

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: JOHNS HOPKINS MARKS ONE YEAR OF TRACKING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker has been one of the most popular data visualizations of the past year, used by the public and policymakers around the globe. The tracker has not only helped millions understand the novel coronavirus and its spread, but also see the power in gathering and sharing data.