2018 Champion City Ideas

2018 Champion Cities

Austin, TX:

Using Blockchain to Vouch for Identities of the Homeless

The City of Austin will use blockchain technology to provide homeless residents with a unique identifier that allows them to access their personal records at any time, enabling access to critical services.

Boston, MA:

Bringing Equity to Street Repairs

The City of Boston will infuse equity into the City’s approach to allocating resources for sidewalk and street maintenance by augmenting 311 dispatch requests with data on community need, pavement condition, and usage.

Boulder, CO:

Unlocking Access to Low Carbon Transport

The City of Boulder will conduct multiple experiments – including ridesharing, subsidies, and an electric car loan program – to determine the most effective way to improve low-income residents’ mobility.

Cary, NC:

Going Underground to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic

The Town of Cary will generate geo-localized opioid consumption data by measuring the concentration of opioid metabolites in sewage to enable proactive interventions.

Charleston, SC:

Tailored Alerts on Tidal Flooding

The City of Charleston will develop a first-ever emergency alert system to prepare residents, businesses, and first responders with specifically tailored information about increasingly routine coastal floods.

Chelsea, MA:

Reducing Crime with Preventative Care

The City of Chelsea will scale the proven “Hub” crime prevention strategy where a team of community and government agencies meet weekly to identify individuals or families facing elevated levels of risk for crime, and create a customized plan for immediate services.

Cheyenne, WY:

Matching Property Owners with Entrepreneurs to Spur Downtown Redevelopment

The City of Cheyenne will catalyze the city core’s revitalization by matching owners of underutilized commercial properties with entrepreneurs, supported by creative redevelopment incentives.

Coral Gables, FL:

Keep Critical Services Powered When Storms Hit

The City of Coral Gables will make its critical infrastructure more resilient by integrating smart solar-powered micro-grids that can prioritize power distribution during emergencies, allowing for operations such as public safety services to continue.

Danbury, CT:

Incentivizing Entrepreneurs in Home-Based Childcare

The City of Danbury will provide incentives and training to individuals who want to establish home-based childcare businesses, reducing reliance on unlicensed services or unaffordable options for working parents.

Denver, CO:

Improving Air Quality in the Mile High City

The City of Denver will use cutting-edge air pollution sensor technology to create a city-wide air quality monitoring program at public school buildings, resulting in better informed policy decisions using environmental, health, and economic data.

Detroit, MI:

In-School Academy to Help Youth Stay on Track

The City of Detroit will certify Detroit youth with work-readiness credentials through a school-based “academy” that provides a combination of wrap-around support services and absenteeism interventions.

Durham, NC:

Encouraging Alternatives to Driving Downtown

The City of Durham will rigorously test four low cost methods that apply behavioral insights to nudge people away from single occupancy commutes.

Elk Grove, CA:

Making the Rental Housing Application Process Simple and Affordable

The City of Elk Grove will create a universal standardized rental application process that matches applicants with homes for which they meet the landlord’s minimum requirements, such as salary and credit score, thus reducing the time, cost and effort needed to find housing.

Fort Collins, CO:

Ushering Rental Housing into the Age of Efficiency

The City of Fort Collins will align public and private incentives, policy, and capital to catalyze the renovation of rental housing for low and middle-income households, making them more energy efficient and reducing health and economic disparities.

Georgetown, TX:

Leasing Rooftop Space to Solar-Power a City

The City of Georgetown will lease rooftop space on residential and commercial properties to install solar panels that will generate enough energy to offset the need to purchase power from outside sources in this completely renewable energy-powered city.

Grand Rapids, MI:

Equipping City Leaders with Data on Inequality Hotspots

The City of Grand Rapids will annually collect, analyze, and share the results of a community census through a publicly accessible dashboard, empowering city leaders with localized, actionable data on hotspots of inequality to help deploy health, housing, and other resources where they are most needed.

Hartford, CT:

Using Gunshot Detection Technology to Support Traumatized Youth

The City of Hartford will use gunshot detection technology in conjunction with student address data to identify youth who have been exposed to gun violence, and deliver trauma services.

Huntington, WV:

Tackling Compassion Fatigue tor Huntington’s Opioid Emergency Responders

The City of Huntington will embed mental healthcare professionals within emergency response departments to provide in-house mental health support to first responders suffering from compassion fatigue and connect overdose victims to resources.

Ithaca, NY:

One-Stop Support in the Fight Against Drug Addiction

The City of Ithaca will adopt a proven drug policy strategy through the development of a one-stop-shop where people who use drugs can access coordinated services – ranging from harm-reducing treatment and a supervised injection facility to medical services and job training.

Lafayette, LA:

Citizen-Centered Disaster Preparedness in Lafayette

The City of Lafayette will maximize citizen participation in the city’s water management program, using incentives to generate individual ownership and accountability for watershed improvements.

Lincoln, NE:

Self-Driving Micro-Transit System to Reduce Downtown Congestion

The City of Lincoln will establish an on-demand autonomous vehicle service, the first of its kind in the U.S., which would reduce the number of cars driving around and parking in the city center, leading to reduced traffic congestion and improved air quality.

Los Angeles, CA:

Tackling Homelessness One Small Dwelling at a Time

To help combat the crisis, the City of Los Angeles will offer incentives to make it easier and cheaper for single-family homeowners to build accessory dwelling units in exchange for allowing a homeless resident, with social supports and subsidies, to rent the unit for the three years.

Louisville, KY:

Deploying Drones to Help Police Officers Investigate Crime

The City of Louisville will build on a recently installed gunshot detection system to dispatch aerial drones in the seconds after shots are detected — winning valuable minutes that will allow police to capture critical evidence from the crime scene to aid investigations.

Miami/Miami Beach, FL: 

Predicting and Responding To Rising Sea Levels

The Cities of Miami and Miami Beach will develop a data-driven system and shared data platform to predict and plan for rising sea levels and inform residents’ short-term decisions, such as altering one’s route to work to avoid flooding, and long-term decisions, like property investment to reduce risk.

Moreno Valley, CA:

Teaching New Skills, Building Stronger Families

The City of Moreno Valley will incentivize and support working adults to pursue education and technical training, allowing them to overcome the “earn vs. learn” dilemma and advance their skills while still providing for their families.

New Rochelle, NY:

Imagining—and then Building—a Better City

The City of New Rochelle will deploy virtual-reality technology to allow city planners and citizens to visualize the development plans for buildings and public spaces, promoting more informed stakeholder engagement.

Oklahoma City, OK:

Putting Nonviolent Offenders Back on Track

The City of Oklahoma City will prevent incarceration and reduce recidivism for nonviolent offenders by integrating crime, health, and social service data to target appropriate interventions.

Philadelphia, PA:

Child-Centered Solutions for Philadelphia’s Youth Offenders

The City of Philadelphia will create a child-centered, trauma-informed, and service-oriented facility for children who get arrested, rather than sending them to regular police precincts for booking as they are today.

Phoenix, AZ:

Holistic Management of Urban Heat

The City of Phoenix will create a first-of-its-kind HeatReady program (like programs developed for storms) to enable local governments to holistically manage how they identify, prepare for, mitigate, track, and respond to the dangers of urban heat.

Pittsburgh, PA:

Bringing Housing Stock up to Scratch with Collaborative Energy Retrofits

The City of Pittsburgh will increase demand for retrofitting residential properties by reducing costs through group purchasing of materials and the facilitation of DIY product installation.

Princeton, NJ:

Reducing Food Waste in Princeton

The municipality of Princeton will use behavioral science to develop interventions to reduce food waste, and install a local food digester to turn the waste into compost for local farms, keeping organics out of landfills and reducing methane gas emissions.

South Bend, IN:

Providing Affordable, Reliable Transport for Low-Income Workers

The City of South Bend will help low-income and part-time shift workers commute through a new, data-driven collaboration with ride-share companies and participating employers.

Vallejo, CA:

Clever Technology to Mind an Aging Infrastructure

The City of Vallejo will leverage ground-penetrating radar, autonomous vehicles, and a combination of sensors to identify broken pipes more effectively and efficiently.

Washington DC:

Integrating Citizen Feedback into City Hall Decision-Making

Washington D.C. will create a dedicated team within its current government structure that will support all city agencies in routinely conducting smart, sophisticated surveys that regularly integrate residential feedback into key decision-making processes.

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