city government

See how much the city spends on ‘paperclips, parks and fire engines’ civic

Mar. 11, 2015 2:11 pm

See how much the city spends on ‘paperclips, parks and fire engines’

Philadelphians can now get a fuller picture of what exactly the city spends its money on.
Here’s what Mayor Nutter wants to spend on technology in 2016 civic

Mar. 5, 2015 4:31 pm

Here’s what Mayor Nutter wants to spend on technology in 2016

$500,000 for police body cameras, $7 million for a data warehouse to help collect taxes and $2.5 million for infrastructure related to Comcast's second tower.
For the first time ever, you can visualize Mayor Nutter’s proposed $3.9B budget civic

Mar. 5, 2015 12:49 pm

For the first time ever, you can visualize Mayor Nutter’s proposed $3.9B budget

The app's release was timed with Mayor Nutter's final budget address.
What other cities should learn from Philly’s failed municipal broadband effort civic

Mar. 4, 2015 12:49 pm

What other cities should learn from Philly’s failed municipal broadband effort

A recent FCC ruling paves the way for more cities to jump in to the internet game. Philadelphia was a pioneer in that arena. Wireless Philadelphia — with its positive legacy and fatal shortcomings — offers plenty of lessons.
With new RFP, Philly city government is serious about procurement reform civic

Mar. 3, 2015 7:28 am

With new RFP, Philly city government is serious about procurement reform

The city is looking for a company to turn the experience of its FastFWD program into actionable lessons, according to an ambitious request for proposals posted last week.
Philly’s tweeting cop, @PPDJoeMurray, wins new innovation award for city employees civic

Feb. 27, 2015 10:29 am

Philly’s tweeting cop, @PPDJoeMurray, wins new innovation award for city employees

Detective Joe Murray, beloved by many, said the award “means more than any other award because I was nominated by the people.”
You can now buy stacks of School District toilet paper on Municibid civic

Feb. 20, 2015 7:34 am

You can now buy stacks of School District toilet paper on Municibid

You can also bid on school buses, starting at $100. Yes, $100.
What the city’s new 311 system means for you civic

Feb. 19, 2015 2:12 pm

What the city’s new 311 system means for you

A new focus on location-based data should make the 311 process run more smoothly, officials say. Eventually, the city wants 311 to move to a predictive model — so it can be proactive instead of reactive.
KEYSPOT manager Ashley Del Bianco is now the city’s Chief Grants Officer civic

Feb. 19, 2015 1:13 pm

KEYSPOT manager Ashley Del Bianco is now the city’s Chief Grants Officer

With the KEYSPOT program, she helped launch more than 80 public computing centers across the city.
Why the next mayor of Philadelphia must double down on open data: Mark Headd civic

Feb. 10, 2015 7:29 am

Why the next mayor of Philadelphia must double down on open data: Mark Headd

“The contemporary vision of an ethical, open government is one that is built on a foundation of information — or more specifically, data.”

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