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Local and State governments are repeatedly tasked with finding ways to use data and technology to improve the health and economic state of their constituents. Advanced data resources held by state agencies can help local governments and community members navigate technology to find health, transportation, education, and philanthropic resources, among countless others. Leveraging data to influence policy decisions is one way local governments are taking advantage of new technologies as leaders try to close the inequality gap and disperse resources most efficiently among individuals. In addition, state and local governments have important roles to play in regulating the distribution and use of new technologies such as mobility innovations. While many state and local governments may lag the federal government with respect to technical expertise, they are rapidly expanding their capabilities in these areas and are often eager to collaborate with constituents who have relevant expertise.


ESAL Articles and Events about Technology

Article - Oct 30, 2021
First Street Foundation: Using Data to Assess Local Flood Risk

ESAL had the opportunity to sit down with chief data officer for First Street Foundation, Ed Kearns, to learn more about the web tool Flood Factor which helps homeowners across the US determine the flood risk of their property.

Article - Sep 28, 2021
How an Oceanographer Pursues Research, Relevance, and Reach

ESAL interviewed George, a geological oceanographer and a freelance science journalist, about how he found synergy between writing and science in his dualistic career path. George has worked on ocean science and policy issues throughout the west coast, including for the State of California and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Article - May 22, 2021
Borough of Queens: Creating a Smart City

ESAL had the opportunity to speak with Queens Deputy Borough President Rhonda Binda, a native of Queens, who has been spearheading the endeavor to ensure the borough becomes a model smart city and remains prosperous.

Article - Jan 27, 2021
Physician and Computer Scientist Fights for Healthcare Access and Equity in her Community

Varsha Chauhan is a physician and computer scientist. Her career trajectory has included leadership roles public health, health IT, and health systems administration. Most recently she was elected Board member of Eden Health District. ESAL interviewed Chauhan to learn more about how she has woven government and community engagement throughout her career.

Article - Nov 6, 2020
Innovation Deep Dive: Designing Human-Centered and Equitable Government Services

Amy J. Wilson’s career in technology, social entrepreneurship, and innovation has taken her from D.C. to Oakland, California, tackling projects ranging from government innovation to local public engagement platforms. ESAL interviewed Wilson to learn more about how city governments can use technology and human-centered design to better respond to their residents’ needs and priorities.

Article - Oct 25, 2020
Science, Technology, and the Vote: Securing the Integrity of Elections

On October 12, ESAL co-hosted “Science, Technology, and the Vote”, a virtual panel with the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues. Panelists discussed how science and technology can help ensure the fairness, integrity, and security of the voting process.

Article - Aug 23, 2020
Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Minnesota Science and Technology Community

Lindsey Hillesheim draws from her experience working for the Department of Defense as she leads AI strategy and solutions development efforts at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She spoke with ESAL about how her Ph.D. in physics helps her engage the state’s science and engineer entrepreneurs and actualize their ideas for regional problem-solving.

Article - Aug 2, 2020
CovidSMS: Getting Accurate Info Where It’s Needed

CovidSMS is a texting service that provides local coronavirus information that formed during the John Hopkins University COVID-19 Virtual Design Challenge. ESAL spoke with Serena Wang, one of the student leaders, to understand more about the inception and development of their idea.

Article - Jul 26, 2020
International Innovations Benefit Northern Virginia Communities

Dale Medearis is a senior environmental planner at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, spearheading their climate and international partnerships. He spoke with ESAL about how policy and technical innovations from abroad can benefit local communities.

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