#ThisWeekInData July 22, 2022

Bloomberg Cities: How leadership training is shaping a generation of mayors

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, which provides executive education for mayors and their senior leaders, welcomed its sixth class of mayors this week, a diverse group of 40 leaders from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Africa.

CIO REVIEW: Improving Smart City Operations

How is the city of Mesa, Arizona approaching innovation and imrpoving services? The new Smart City Master Plan includes developing a mobile app for easier utility bill payments, installing high-speed internet in disconnected neighborhoods, and optimizing Mesa's multimodal transit system. Through all of these efforts, the city's Chief Information Officer emphasizes the importance of community engagement, data-driven decision making, and tbetter positioning Mesa for a resilient future.

MLIVE: See what stinks, and where: Kalamazoo launches hydrogen sulfide dashboard with real-time data

The city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, just unveiled a new dashboard tool that allows residents to report and see real-time data from sensors about hydrogen sulfide gas. The city is using this tool to identify trends and understand possible associations with the municipal wastewater treatment plant. The possible health impacts of the gas remain unknown as locals wait for the state to wrap up its health consultation, so this tool provides valuable data in the meantime.

GOVINSIDER: Future-ready cities need engaged communities. Here’s why.

At GovInsider’s recent Festival of Innovation, panelists from the public and private sectors discussed how smart cities can improve the lives of citizens. They determined that smart city technology must play a complementary role in climate-change resilience building, as “data is a crucial element of making cities sustainable, resilient and ready for the future.”

American Journal of Preventive Medicine: Disparities in Activity and Traffic Fatalities by Race/Ethnicity

A new report examined traffic fatality data and, using exposure-based estimates of fatalities per traveled mile, revealed that previous studies did not adequately adjust for race/ethnicity.  The report co-authors and researchers, from the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston University School of Public Health, raised that older models may have underestimated the disproportionate impact of traffic accidents in Black neighborhoods, perpetuating under-investment in those areas.

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