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Technology

In support of basic service delivery as well as to keep residents connected to city government, our communities rely on the best technology resources available. Technology has the ability to provide real-time data and helps local government introduce improvements in service delivery. Furthermore, technology can help enhance democracy and government transparency. Open data, cyber security, and innovations such as driverless cars represent some of the issues that NLC works on in this field.

Technology subtopics:

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  • Research Report

As cities embrace a future permeated by technology, local leaders must continually reassert and revisit community values, while ensuring these values are the foundation of new plans, policies, and programs. 

This…

  • Press Release

New National League of Cities Research Examines Future of Equity in Infrastructure, Public Safety and Economic Development

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released new research on the future of…

Future of Equity
Future of Equity
  • CitiesSpeak

Last week, Amazon accepted final bids in the host city competition for its second headquarters. Over 200 cities applied across North America, with pitches that ranged from exhaustive to persuasive to seemingly stunt-based.

With the…

Amazon Headquarters.
Amazon Headquarters.

Cities across the country are embracing sharing economy companies and new technologies like drones and smart city applications. NLC's latest national survey, “Cities and the Innovation Economy: Perceptions of Local Leaders,” shows that 78 percent…

Cities and Innovation
Cities and Innovation
  • CitiesSpeak

During my nearly 30 years in government, I have been fortunate to work alongside countless hard-working, brilliant colleagues. The City of San Francisco flourishes because of the dedication, commitment and resolve of its 30,000 employees.

Startup economics.
Startup economics.
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Facebook Outreach Associate Eva Guidarini.

Across the country, citizens turn to social media to find, follow and connect with their elected officials. At the same time, local government officials use the internet…

iPhones
iPhones
  • CitiesSpeak

Innovation does not diminish the need for an effective regulatory framework — but does government have the right strategies and tools to effectively engage a deluge of emerging technologies and citizen entrepreneurs? As…

photo - Can Tech and Government Get Along?
photo - Can Tech and Government Get Along?
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is helping cities connect disparate utility, infrastructure, and public service grids. These smart cities are generating real-time aggregate data to manage programs and services more effectively, and gauge impact…

  • CitiesSpeak

"It can seem tempting to default on the side of industry in the hopes of spurring innovation, but obviously you cannot prioritize the needs of one entity or company over those of all the other actors in the room – namely…

photo - Meet Your City Technology and Communications Advocate
photo - Meet Your City Technology and Communications Advocate
  • Research Report

The City of the Future initiative is a multi-year research project analyzing five different factors that will shape the evolution of cities in the coming decades: technology, workforce automation, demographics, economics…