In the News


January 19, 2018, Laredo, TX
“What Works Cities” Program: Where does Laredo stand?
By KGNS staff

The City of Laredo is wrapping up its first year in the Bloomberg Philanthropies “What Works Cities” program. The program is a national initiative meant to help mid-sized cities improve how they use information to improve the quality of life for its residents.


December 18, 2017
Policy Options Magazine
Open Data Standards Will Improve Public Information
By Rachel Bloom

Canadians who rely on public transit know how uncomfortable it is to wait outside for a bus on the coldest day of winter. Some Canadians are turning to transit apps that display information about bus locations in real time on their phones to avoid the cold.


Dec 8, 2017
The Hub at Johns Hopkins University
Setting standards: Hopkins center helps develop new tool for cities to navigate the open data movement
Katie Pearce

If you’re looking into recent crime activity in your neighborhood, chances are you can check out a Google map dotted with incident locations. Click further, and you can find the type of crime reported, the date and time it occurred, and other details.


November 30, 2017
New open data directory collects standards from around the world
By Zaid Shoorbajee

A partnership between two civic data groups has led to the launch of a free directory of open data standards with the goal of making it easier for governments to find specifications that suit their open data needs.


November 29, 2017
Government Technology Magazine
GovEx Launches First International Open Data Standards Directory
By Zack Quaintance

The project aspires to give city governments a resource for identifying suitable data standards based on popularity, reliability and other criteria.


November 27, 2017 (part of the USA Today Network)
New tools help reduce Knoxville’s urban blight 
By Tyler Whetstone

Tye and Andre Duvall’s home project has taken them months to work on and there’s still plenty of work to be done. When a reporter got a tour of the home on East Fifth Avenue in October there was no deck (it had rotted), the living room was roped off (some rot there too) and there was no drywall or much of any infrastructure.


November 20, 2017
GovEx, Geothink Launch Open Data Standards Directory 
By Bailey McCann

The Center for Government Excellence (GovEx), part of Johns Hopkins University, and GeoThink, a part of McGill University’s Department of Geography, have launched a new open data standards directory.


October 27, 2017
The Baltimore Sun
Universities to study how to turn Baltimore into a “smart city”
By Sarah Gantz

Imagine that Baltimore’s street lights automatically came on when they sensed someone was near, collected data about air quality and even alerted police at the sound of a gunshot.


October 23, 2017
Long Beach Business Journal
Technology And Innovation Department Seeks Study To Improve Business Processes
By Samantha Mehlinger, Assistant Editor

Assuming the Long Beach City Council approves a recommendation from the technology and innovation department tonight (October 24), the city might get one step closer to improving its business licensing and permitting processes.


August 15, 2017
Laredo Morning Times
Fire station improvements, public park surveillance eyed as Laredo City Council delves into budget
By Julia Wallace

Laredo City Council began parsing through its fiscal year 2017-18 budget on Monday, wrapping up day one of a three-day workshop with a focus on data governance, the city’s debt and a capital improvement program.


March 20, 2017
Government Technology Magazine
Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2017
Beth Blauer

by Tod Newcome

It seemed like the start of a promising, somewhat modest career as a lawyer working at the World Trade Center in New York City. But on Sept. 11, 2001, Beth Blauer’s life changed dramatically. Following the tragedy and without a job, she returned to her home in Maryland where she ended up working for the state in juvenile probation services.