THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Emergency Communications When Nothing Else Works

Firefighters face an array of obstacles as they relay information in inhospitable situations. But a high-tech vest made from carbon atoms called graphene may be the answer to a serious voice and data transmission problem.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  February 21, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

The Challenges that Make Gentrifying Neighborhoods Special

Mixed-income and diverse neighborhoods are good for our cities. There are policies we can pursue that can help to keep housing affordable and protect these communities' legacy residents.

By Jabari Simama, Education and Government Columnist  |  February 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

States and the Fiscal Constraints Autonomous Vehicles May Bring

Driverless cars and trucks could provide many benefits, from safer highways to improved mobility, but widespread adoption could shrink the vehicle-related revenue streams that states rely on.

By Kil Huh, The Pew Charitable Trusts  |  February 20, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

An Ambitious Scheme to Bring All of a State’s Data Together

California is working to consolidate all of its geographical data, with the longer-term goal of providing a central portal for everything. It's a chance to enrich governmental collaboration.

By Stephen Goldsmith and Matt Leger, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School  |  February 19, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why Government Leaders Need to Become Digital Leaders

It gets harder from here. Getting modernization efforts right and avoiding project failures requires that the people at the top of an organization feel comfortable with technology.

By Jennifer Pahlka and Jennifer Anastasoff, Founding Executives, U.S. Digital Service  |  February 19, 2020
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Mayor Welcomes Risk to Spur Innovation and City Growth

What started off as a wrong turn has turned into a home and career for Chris Cabaldon. Through innovation and risk, he has been able to help change West Sacramento into the thriving community it is today.

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Roughly half of Gen Z Republicans say they think the government should be doing more to solve problems, compared with 38 percent of millennial Republicans and 29 percent of Gen Xers.

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