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FOIA 101: FOIA and federal grants

FOIA 101: FOIA and federal grants

For the federal government, grants can be a good way to impact state and municipal policies, purchases, and priorities and for the public, great ways to learn more about how federal financial influence is playing out.

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What’s the smart city future like in Wisconsin?

What’s the smart city future like in Wisconsin?

Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, Racine, Wisconsin lays claim to inventing the hairdryer and garbage disposal. With Milwaukee to its north and Chicago to its south, the town is tapping into that legacy as the first municipality with fewer than 100,000 residents to be chosen for the Smart Cities Readiness Challenge.

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We’re hiring: Come use transparency, journalism and technology to strengthen our democracy

We’re hiring: Come use transparency, journalism and technology to strengthen our democracy

Over the past decade, MuckRock has grown from a simple records request tool to a network of open source platforms that help journalists, researchers, and the public better understand how the world around them works. Help define our next ten years with one of two positions we’ll be hiring for in the coming months.

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Tennessee fast tracks data on economic development grants …

Tennessee fast tracks data on economic development grants …

The state of Tennessee has taken a small step toward more transparency on the incentives it offers businesses to locate or expand in the state.

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The Smart City still has a lot of learning to do

The Smart City still has a lot of learning to do

Much of urban America is in the market for ways to handle the pressures that come with growing and changing populations. Enter “smart cities:” The movement to make municipal planning more efficient and effective for residents, which has a lot of champions but no one-size-fits-all program.

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