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  • New bill would tax polluters, redirect funds to impacted communities

    The Save Our Future Act would invest millions in emissions reduction programs and help areas reliant on fossil fuels transition away from them through direct payments, career training, business development and other programs.

    By Chris Teale • June 18, 2021
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    At challenge's conclusion, Smart Columbus to continue its work

    With the four-year federal grant funding period at an end, the Ohio organization said it will stay focused on how technology can address societal issues and maintain many of its initiatives.

    By Chris Teale • June 15, 2021
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    Citizen Engagement

    With connection more important than ever, cities are tapping innovative tools and strategies to inform and engage their citizens and get feedback on their biggest concerns.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    3 takeaways from NLC's 'State of the Cities' report

    Mayors nationwide are prioritizing investing in infrastructure, but they remain concerned about budget shortfalls after the coronavirus pandemic even with federal help on the way.

    By Chris Teale • June 11, 2021
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    NYC bill would have single agency lead smart city tech implementation

    The legislation would bring together oversight of a variety of "smart" tech, including streetlights, trash and recycling receptacles, and water, power and gas meters.

    By Chris Teale • June 9, 2021
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    Transit funding a flashpoint in surface transportation debate

    Should the U.S. government fund more public transportation or less? FAST Act reauthorization proposals take opposing positions on the issue.

    By Chris Teale • June 8, 2021
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    Seattle-area county say it's first US county to pass facial recognition ban

    Tech hub King County, Washington, has joined a growing number of jurisdictions in restricting government use of the software, as additional city, state and federal policies move through legislatures.

    By June 7, 2021
  • Nevada passes clean energy bill requiring state to join RTO, accelerating $2B transmission project

    The bill also requires utilities to forecast a path to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by the end of the decade.

    By June 4, 2021
  • Tampa, Florida, creates resilience plan to prepare for next crisis

    The road map, which officials say is the first to be released during or after the coronavirus pandemic, calls for more affordable housing and broadband access in addition to climate-ready infrastructure.

    By Chris Teale • June 3, 2021
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    Biden proposes more than $2B for clean energy infrastructure, $14B+ increase in climate spending

    The administration's first proposed budget includes sizable increases in spending for climate mitigation, research, EVs and clean energy infrastructure.

    By Emma Penrod • June 1, 2021
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    Chicago and other cities support outdoor dining expansions even as pandemic wanes

    Expanded outdoor dining has been "a critical lifeline" for restaurants. As some cities aim to extend the changes or make them permanent, Chicago is awarding $2.3 million in grants for those and other community outdoor spaces. 

    By June 1, 2021
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    Washington, DC, reclaims top spot as best city for parks

    The Trust for Public Land's rankings measured park equity access for the first time in the index's 10-year history, noting that while many cities have made strides, plenty of work still lies ahead.  

    By Chris Teale • May 27, 2021
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    Predicting travel rebound, Airbnb rolls out major feature upgrades

    The company is implementing a swath of changes, including to its City Portal, as CEO Brian Chesky said he anticipates the "biggest travel rebound in a century." 

    By Chris Teale • May 25, 2021
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    Stimulus funds poised to magnify impact of Economic Development Administration's new equity focus

    The EDA has for the first time prioritized equity in its strategy as it looks to invest in underserved communities and prepare them for the jobs of the future.

    By Chris Teale • May 24, 2021
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    College Park, Georgia turns to Comcast for smart city solutions

    Learn how Comcast and College Park, GA partnered to design solutions that meet the city's unique needs.

    May 24, 2021
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    Mayors 'reimagining public safety and policing' in wake of recent violence

    One approach is to direct some 911 calls to mental health professionals rather than to police, said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, while other local leaders are eyeing stimulus funds for community violence intervention efforts.

    By May 21, 2021
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    New caucus brings local voices to halls of Congress

    The Former Local Elected Officials Caucus hopes to improve cooperation among levels of government, providing support during and after COVID-19 recovery.

    By Chris Teale • May 20, 2021
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    The debate over federal autonomous vehicle legislation

    Increased road deaths prompt calls for improved vehicle tech

    While some in Congress continue to talk up the promise of autonomous vehicles, others said existing technologies can help bring fatalities down now — and they warned of AVs' risks to safety and jobs.

    By Chris Teale • May 19, 2021
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    City-led communications can help combat vaccine hesitancy, researchers find

    Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Ras Baraka said it will take an "all hands on deck" approach to overcome vaccine hesitancy, and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell highlighted the role popular sports teams can play.

    By Chris Teale • May 18, 2021
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    Cities navigate how to maximize incoming American Rescue Plan funds

    Some of the $350 billion earmarked in the stimulus package is now being sent to strained state and local governments, tasked with making the most of the influx. "It's both exciting and terrifying," said Dayton, Ohio's city manager.

    By May 18, 2021
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    3x more US residents lack broadband access than FCC estimates: report

    Around 42 million people could not access high-speed internet in 2020, according to BroadbandNow, far above the 14.5 million estimated earlier this year by the Federal Communications Commission.

    By Chris Teale • May 14, 2021
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    NJ lawmakers threaten new driving tax to fight NYC congestion pricing

    A proposal would charge out-of-state drivers state sales tax on top of any tolls they pay traveling between the two states and use the revenue to alleviate costs for New Jersey commuters. "We'll fight fire with fire," said Rep. Josh Gottheimer.

    By Chris Teale • May 12, 2021
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    Amid hyperloop, maglev hype, calls intensify to better fund Amtrak

    Supporters of emerging rail technologies called for federal funding at a congressional hearing last week, but existing service providers argued they should get top budgeting priority.

    By Chris Teale • May 11, 2021
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    High-speed rail gets moment in congressional spotlight

    At a congressional hearing Thursday, supporters of high-speed rail said it could cut congestion and connect communities, but troubled projects in California and Texas remain front of mind for cost-wary opponents.

    By Chris Teale • May 7, 2021
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    'We are simply not ready' for EV charging at scale, House Republicans say, warning of China dependence

    During a hearing Wednesday on major clean-transportation legislation — part of the Biden administration's $174 billion proposal to bolster electric vehicles — Republicans said the plan strips away consumer choice.

    By Robert Walton • May 7, 2021
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    NYC removes EV exemption cap, blocking Revel ride-hailing service

    The Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Tuesday to remove the EV exemption for new for-hire vehicle licenses, which could have allowed the company to put 50 Teslas on city streets.

    By Chris Teale • Updated June 24, 2021