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Across the network cities and universities are making strides to develop new tools and technologies to improve our urban centers. The MetroLab blog highlights these stories and accomplishments.  It features articles written by advisory board members, MetroLab staff, and network members. Our blog is also published on Medium, so be sure to follow us there to stay up to date on our postings!

MetroLab Network Welcomes Four New Partnerships

MetroLab is excited to welcome new members to the network: Gainesville, Florida, joining University of Florida (already a MetroLab member) Guilford County, North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Wilmington, Delaware and the University of Delaware and Delaware State University ...

Upcoming Report: Technology for Civic Data Integration

MetroLab Network is partnering with the the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) and Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) to co-develop a new report on Understanding the Information Architecture for Civic Innovation, Research, and Evaluation. The aim is to better equip states and local governments...

MetroLab Crosses the Pond

Earlier this month, we joined a delegation of midwest city and university officials from MetroLab member cities, the UK Science and Innovation Network and the British Consulate-General, Chicago Prosperity Office for a trip to London, Bristol, and Glasgow.  We set out to learn more about...

Bill Fulton: How a University can serve a City

As part of the Houston community, Rice University is committed to helping the city address its most pressing issues. That’s why Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research has partnered with the city to develop the Houston Solutions Lab.  The Lab has a single mission: to...

Announcing New MetroLab Network Member Cities

MetroLab Network is pleased to welcome two new partnerships to our network: Chattanooga, with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Nashville, with Vanderbilt University.  MetroLab now includes 41 cities, 4 counties and 55 universities.   Both Chattanooga and Nashville have long standing partnerships with their universities...

Bright Spots in a Darkened Landscape

NOTE:  This article was authored by Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities. You can find the original piece here. 279 mayors across the United States have committed their cities to meeting climate change goals set out in the Paris Agreement, despite the Trump administration’s decision to...

AWS Announces Winners from City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge

Today, AWS announced the winners of the 2017 AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. They recognized 19 winners across the three award categories of the competition – Best Practices, Dream Big, and Partners in Innovation. The competition was designed...

Martin O’Malley: MetroLab Welcomes the City of Raleigh & NC State

Earlier this week, I participated in the Triangle Smart Cities Summit, where we welcomed North Carolina State University and the City of Raleigh to MetroLab Network. The event, hosted by NC State, gathered leaders from the Research Triangle Region interested in urban technology and innovation....

Guest Blog: Introducing the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero Partnership

The City of Bellevue, in partnership with Microsoft, the University of Washington (UW) and a number of cities, private sector companies, research universities and nonprofit organizations,  is launching a new partnership- Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero- which aims to use footage from traffic cameras across...

Ben Levine: MetroLab Welcomes Cleveland State!

Last week, we welcomed Cleveland State University to MetroLab, which joined an existing partnership between Cuyahoga County and Case Western Reserve University. The strengthened partnership came together as part of a effort in Cleveland to drive research, educational opportunities, and economic growth in internet-of-things technologies. These...

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