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4 Ways to Make Open Data Meaningful

Helping citizens build smarter communities through GIS technology the can help spur innovation, form connections and ultimately lead to action.

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Protect Wolves or Hunt Them? Western States Are in the Crosshairs

Western states like Washington are walking a line between preserving wolves as an endangered species and helping ranchers control them.

The NBA’s Reaction to North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

The league will move the 2017 All-Star Game because of the law.


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Top stories on how innovation is driving smarter government across the country.

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Seattle to Roll Out a 'Pac-Man'-Themed Pavement Maze

The city plans to salute everybody’s favorite chomping-yellow orb with a new street mural.

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Reminder: Nominations for Navigator Awards Remain Open Through Aug. 15

Know of a great example of how a good idea was implemented to benefit state or local government? We’re looking to profile our 50 Navigator Awards finalists starting later this summer.

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Texas Voter ID Law Found in Violation of Voting Rights Act; Baton Rouge Mulls Making Police City Residents

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: No Tucson City Council term limits for now; a former Pennsylvania treasurer indicted; and Manatee County's soon-to-be property surplus.

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Why a New Law Isn't Shrinking California's Ballot Much—Yet

In November, Golden State voters will decide the fate of 17 ballot measures, including conflicting approaches to the death penalty, a proposal specific to the pornography industry, and an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana that runs 65 pages long.

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Is Your County a Top Digital County?

IT reorganization, mobile apps and open data projects set Arlington County, Va., apart from others of its size.

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This Ohio County Is Going All-In on Local Energy Generation

By introducing personal choice into the energy purchasing equation, Athens County is empowering residents to reduce their consumption.

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Route Fifty in Long Beach, Calif., for NACo’s 81st Annual Conference and Expo

Starting Thursday, Los Angeles County plays host to the National Association of Counties annual gathering. On Friday, Executive Editor Michael Grass will moderate panel discussions at NACo’s Technology Innovation Summit. Watch it live.

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What an Informed Digital Strategy Can Do for Your Government Website

“Boston’s focus on its website as a product that lives and can be managed going forward is a great perspective that a lot of government agencies have trouble adopting.”

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Major Michigan Pipeline Spill Settlement; Kansas City, Kan., Police Officer Killed

Also is our State and Local Daily Digest: L.A. area beaches closed due to raw sewage; North Dakota plots cyber strategy; and Pa. judge uses new tactic for opioid abuse.


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