The Chicago City Council has voted to confirm Nick Lucius as the new chief information officer (CIO) for the City of Chicago Department of Technology and Innovation. Lucius previously served as the chief technology and data officer for the Office of the Mayor.

The city of Colorado Springs, Colo., has launched a new development tracker webpage to provide increased transparency and clearer communication around land development projects that are submitted to the city for review.

New York City

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has issued Executive Order (EO) 39, which will address truck and bus safety for the city’s fleet and contracted units. As part of the EO, city contractors will have new safety requirements, including preparing fleet safety plans, increasing driver training, adopting telematics, and adding 360-degree cameras to mitigate the impacts of visual impairments for operators.

smart cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies has recognized five new cities in the United States for establishing exceptional data capabilities to inform policy decisions, allocate funding, improve services, evaluate program effectiveness, and engage residents.

Santiago “Santi” Garces, chief information officer (CIO) for the city of Boston, talked about his organization’s exploration of policy-building around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies during a June 26 event organized by Route Fifty and GCN. 

The City of Austin, Texas has opened a new grant program aimed at promoting digital equity. The Grant for Technologies Opportunities Program (GTOPs) Mini grant pathway was created to support smaller nonprofits working on a short-term digital inclusion project.

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