City Council and Mayor Salaries in Virginia

Tonight the Charlottesville City Council will take up compensation for members of its own body.  The prepared memo (PDF, p. 92) on this topic comes from City Attorney Craig Brown.  While the memo includes information on the relevant state code, it does not offer any sort of context for council salaries, including salaries from similar[…]

PRESS RELEASE: Local Governments to Partner with Citizens to Tackle Public Problems

Charlottesville, VA, March, 7, 2017 Smart Cville and presenting sponsor WillowTree are pleased to announce the first annual Charlottesville Civic Innovation Day (CID) which will take place on June 3.  The event, to be held at WillowTree, invites technologists, designers, and citizens to tackle a specific public problem identified by local municipalities and organizations.  This[…]

City of Charlottesville Budget Visualization Enhancements

We’re pleased to announce the phase two release of the Charlottesville Budget visualization tool.  This version includes important new features including integrating proposed versus actual budget numbers, bar chart views, user control panel, advanced admin panel controls, and social media integration (see examples below).  This release builds upon our initial development of the tool from[…]

New Roads Tool to Show Central Virginia Traffic Over Time

Edit (11/2017): VDOT has added this data into its open data portal, as such this tool will no longer be supported.  We’re thrilled to see VDOT move from its spreadsheet posting to open data. Traffic routinely tops lists of primary concerns among Central Virginia residents.  It’s also a concern that came up repeatedly in our[…]

Technology Should Support Community Understanding of Council Actions

Many in our community felt strongly about last night’s Charlottesville city council agenda.  Those who could not attend the meeting or watch it (the video live stream was down), looked to professional journalists on Twitter to follow along.  Thankfully, local media had at least three members present Chris Suarez (Daily Progress), Henry Graff (NBC 29),[…]

Announcing City of Charlottesville Budget Visualization Update

In conjunction with the City of Charlottesville, Smart Cville has developed a new feature for the city budget visualization. Each quarter the city releases updates on its revenues and expenditures.  This allows different constituencies to track quarterly progress in each area.  Previously, the city would publish this data within a PDF document.  Now, citizens will[…]

Mapping the 5th District Race in Virginia (Dittmar v. Garrett)

Yesterday we mapped results of Virginia’s 5th Congressional District race from Tuesday.  The race pitted Jane Dittmar (Democrat) against Tom Garrett (Republican).  Democrats were hopeful that Dittmar could put this seat in play but the race ended up as a Garrett landslide (58%-42%).  The 5th congressional district is crafted to favor Republicans (Romney won it[…]

Charlottesville City Council Passes Open Data Resolution

PRESS RELEASE: Charlottesville City Council Passes Open Data Resolution Forthcoming policy set to support civic innovation Charlottesville, VA, September 20, 2016 Last night the Charlottesville City Council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of open data. The resolution calls on the city manager to develop an open data policy for Charlottesville. With this step, the[…]