Civic News

The City of Baltimore is creating digital services and performance teams to improve access

Sep. 14, 2022 3:09 am

The City of Baltimore is creating digital services and performance teams to improve access

$3.2 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated from the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs is going towards modernizing city government.
Comcast extended its fiber network to reach 70+ orgs and Philabundance in South Philly

Sep. 13, 2022 6:25 pm

Comcast extended its fiber network to reach 70+ orgs and Philabundance in South Philly

The move brings high-speed internet to the nonprofit's massive food distribution hub for the first time.
7 orgs that invest in Pennsylvania tech startups just got a $123M boost

Sep. 13, 2022 5:46 pm

7 orgs that invest in Pennsylvania tech startups just got a $123M boost

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia groups including the local Ben Franklin Technology Partners and LifeX Greenhouses are each receiving millions in American Rescue Plan funding.
Is copyright ‘fundamentally incompatible with the internet’?

Sep. 12, 2022 7:30 am

Is copyright ‘fundamentally incompatible with the internet’?

A new book from journalist Glyn Moody argues copyright is hurting the creators it’s meant to help. He calls on entrepreneurs and innovators to find new models forward.
Jobs training program Street Keepers is building community from the ground up

Sep. 7, 2022 12:55 pm

Jobs training program Street Keepers is building community from the ground up

Milwaukee's Havenwoods State Forest has become a breath of fresh air to the diverse neighborhood — and a bright spot of opportunity for residents looking for a fresh start.
City of Pittsburgh will soon begin installation of its first unified fiber connectivity network

Sep. 6, 2022 6:46 pm

City of Pittsburgh will soon begin installation of its first unified fiber connectivity network

Crown Castle was picked for the $10 million contract in August 2021. The company's managing director for enterprise fiber said the upgrades are "really in line with the City's goal to modernize infrastructure."
Takoma Park built a platform for residents to analyze census data themselves

Sep. 6, 2022 5:16 pm

Takoma Park built a platform for residents to analyze census data themselves

The dashboard, which just celebrated its first birthday, functions as a portal for residents and civic officials alike to easily find census data on the Montgomery County municipality.
Why exactly do tech jobs matter?

Sep. 6, 2022 9:00 am

Why exactly do tech jobs matter?

Globally competitive work commands high wages, and each tech worker supports an additional 4.4 local jobs, according to new research.
Terrill Haigler, aka Ya Fav Trashman, is running for Philly City Council in 2023

Sep. 3, 2022 10:30 am

Terrill Haigler, aka Ya Fav Trashman, is running for Philly City Council in 2023

The Instagram-spurred growth of his platform "has brought me into certain circles, and now I'm like, 'Lets see how I can work with folks to change the world together,'" the sanitation worker-turned-community activist said.
Why Pittsburgh’s $62.7M in federal grants for robotics projects is a big deal

Sep. 2, 2022 4:06 pm

Why Pittsburgh’s $62.7M in federal grants for robotics projects is a big deal

The Build Back Better Regional Challenge funding "is going to allow companies to pivot," Allegheny Conference CEO Stefani Pashman said, "to be able to perform and work and thrive in the new economy."