Citizen engagement

3 things you need to do to attract millennials (your job market depends on it)

Wed, 2016-04-20 19:30 -- Kevin Ebi

A city’s future is largely determined by its job base and the future of your job base may be driven by your ability to attract highly-skilled millennials. AT&T offers some helpful advice for companies, but it turns out they need your help too. Find out how.

America's biggest winners and losers (and what you can learn from them)

Wed, 2016-04-13 18:30 -- Kevin Ebi

Cities will hold the vast majority of the world’s population in just a few decades, but your city’s growth is not guaranteed. In fact, some cities are shrinking rapidly. Check out new rankings of America’s fastest growing (and fastest shrinking) cities to see what you can learn from them.

Why Itron's taking smart cities to school

Wed, 2016-04-06 00:27 -- SCC Staff

Wouldn't it be great if the people who live and work in your city had an understanding of how important initiatives like smart water and smart energy are to their quality of life and future? You'll want to know about Itron's program to improve water and energy literacy -- and encourage students to consider careers in smart city technology-related fields.

Your transit system is getting competition. What to do to stay relevant

Wed, 2016-02-17 19:30 -- Kevin Ebi

How easy is it for people to get to their jobs with your city’s transit system? Studies find the vast majority of jobs are not within easy reach of buses, light rail and subways. If you want to get people out of their cars, take a lesson from a private company that’s getting people on its buses.

How (and why!) Boston uses Open Data to show what's going wrong

Fri, 2016-02-05 19:30 -- Kevin Ebi

Politicians usually try to hide bad news, but in Boston, it’s displayed on a giant virtual scoreboard alongside the good. It’s part of the city’s new open data CityScore dashboard, designed to build public trust and encourage city staff to do better. See if the approach is right for you.

How Mammoth Lakes found 32 million gallons of water in its dried-up lakes

Fri, 2016-01-22 02:55 -- SCC Partner

When California mandated a 20% reduction in water use, the city of Mammoth Lakes figured, “Why stop there?” Learn how it used advanced metering technology throughout its conservation strategy — and went well beyond its own ambitious water-savings goals.