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Miami Renews Focus on Diversifying Tech Ecosystem

While the Miami-Dade region has been ranked one of the most-diverse tech hubs in the nation, local officials want to continue striving for diversity in the area’s tech and venture ecosystem.

By Rob Wile, The Miami Herald  |  April 9, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Oklahoma to Use $10 Million to Boost Investment, Innovation

The state Department of Commerce will allocate funds to support existing manufacturers’ projects that are innovative, bolster a product’s supply chain or target new markets, in an effort to diversify the state’s economy.

By Dale Denwalt, The Oklahoman  |  April 9, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Bay Area Toll Workers Displaced as Caltrans Goes Digital

250 Caltrans toll-booth workers will be replaced by automated systems at the end of July. No workers have yet been laid-off and the department is working to connect the displaced workers with new opportunities.

By Andrew Sheeler, The Sacramento Bee  |  April 9, 2021
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Lawmakers Should Allow Sidewalk Delivery Robots to Stay

The use of robots from companies like Starship Technologies for last-mile deliveries skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and legislators would do well to make them easier to deploy on city sidewalks.

By Daniel Castro, Government Technology  |  April 11, 2021
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Transforming Farms and Food Production With Solar Panels

Agrivoltaics — putting solar panels on farmland — lead to astonishing productivity gains and improved energy efficiency. Except when they don’t.

By Chris Malloy, The Counter  |  April 11, 2021
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How California Became a Champion of Strict Gun Control

California’s history of gun restrictions started in 1967, when 30 members of the Black Panther Party marched into the Capitol with loaded handguns, shotguns and rifles. Today, gun control has turned into a legal battle.

By Ben Christopher, CalMatters  |  April 11, 2021
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The Executive Order: A History of Its Rise and Slow Decline

President George Washington was the first to issue proclamations or executive orders. Their use peaked under Franklin Roosevelt, but they have been used fewer times in recent presidencies. Will Biden reverse the trend?

By Lindsay Chervinsky, Historian and Contributor  |  April 9, 2021
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For Economic Development Directors, Happy Days Return

The economy has proven to be more resilient than could have been imagined a year ago. Making future growth more equitable is a priority without obvious solutions.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 9, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

How the New Stimulus Can Strengthen Local Governments

The American Rescue Plan can help local leaders do a lot more than cover budget shortfalls. The funds offer a chance for them to address equity issues, engage residents and create the future they want to see.

By Zachary Markovits, Results for America  |  April 9, 2021
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Indiana Lawmakers Battle Over Election, Voter ID Regulations

A bill that would have required voter identification when applying for mail-in ballots has been revised to just online applications. The bill’s author is adamant about the role ID would have in tightening election security.

By Elizabeth DePompei, The Indianapolis Star  |  April 8, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

2,000 Low-Income Cleveland Homes to Receive High-Speed Internet

A variety of public-private partnerships will fund broadband expansion to East Cleveland, one of the least connected cities in the nation. Households will get 4G service with 50 mbps download speeds for just $15 a month.

By Peter Krouse, cleveland.com  |  April 8, 2021
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