Getting Started with the Things Network in Charlottesville

Interested in getting started with the Things Network in Charlottesville?  We recently announced the local community network has 5-10 active gateways that cover most of the city.  We do not own, manage, or maintain this network, we’re simply champions of its existence and usage.  To that, we wanted to curate some resources to help get[…]

PRESS RELEASE: Internet of Things Network Deployed in Charlottesville

Smart Cville and the LinkLab at UVA have helped launch a network to inspire smart city innovation Smart Cville and the LinkLab at UVA are announcing the launch of a free, grassroots Internet of Things (IoT) network in Charlottesville.  The two organizations have purchased and deployed technology from the Things Network to provide a set[…]

Lodging Tax Rates in Virginia Cities

The Lodging Tax, sometimes referred to as “Transient Occupancy” Tax, is one of the popular revenue levers for cities across Virginia. Since debates over changing this tax on hotels (and other short term lodgings) usually contain information on comparable cities, just how do the largest cities in Virginia compare to one another? We’ve compiled, with[…]

An Open Letter to City Council and the Police Civilian Review Board

Over the past three years, our Charlottesville-based non-profit, Smart Cville, has partnered with staff across numerous local municipalities and organizations to increase and improve the use of data in local decision making, community improvement, and civic innovation.  Personally, I’ve also sat on the City’s Open Data Advisory Group and JAUNT, one of the most data-driven[…]

What Does a Localized Blue Wave Tell Us About 2019 Local Elections?

The hope of a “blue wave” in VA-05 tantalized many locals this past fall.  For those on the ground on Charlottesville and Albemarle, it seemed as if Leslie Cockburn had real momentum and could topple Republican Denver Riggleman despite the heavily gerrymandered district.  That did not happen.  However, the results indicate that the local “pulse”[…]

Smart Cville Announces 2019 Board of Directors Expansion

We are pleased to announce the election of three new members to our Board of Directors beginning in January 2019. The new Board members are… Amanda Poncy (Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Chartlottesville) Devin Harris, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, University of Virginia) Emily Kilroy (Director of Communications and Public[…]

PRESS RELEASE: Virginia School Discipline Project Expands to Richmond Area

PRESS RELEASE:  Virginia School Discipline Project Expands to Richmond Area Tackling systemic inequity by making school discipline information more accessible Recent data shows that more than 10% of Virginia students are suspended each year, with suspensions disproportionately falling on students of color and students with disabilities.  Smart Cville is pleased to announce the Richmond-area expansion[…]

PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Civic Innovation Day

PRESS RELEASE: Local Governments to Partner with Citizens to Tackle Public Problems Hands on civic engagement to occur at second annual Charlottesville Civic Innovation Day Charlottesville, VA, May 17, 2018 Smart Cville and presenting sponsor WillowTree are pleased to announce the second annual Charlottesville Civic Innovation Day (CID) which will take place on June 2[…]

Make MyCville App Data Open

As proponents of good digital government, we’re excited that the City of Charlottesville has finally launched a “311-like” service app called MyCville.  This app is powered by Accela and offers basic functionality for users to submit issues, requests, and questions.  Most importantly, it seems as if citizens will be able to track responses and follow-ups[…]