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[…]

Smart Cville Announces Election of New Directors

Today we issued the following press release regarding the Smart Cville Board of Directors. PRESS RELEASE: Smart Cville Announces Election of New Directors New Directors with diverse backgrounds poised to help the organization grow. Charlottesville, VA, November 30, 2016 — Smart Cville, a Charlottesville-based 501(c)3 civic technology organization, is pleased to announce the addition of[…]

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 Neighborhood Association Leaders Survey

Thank you for reading our inaugural Tech in the Neighborhood Survey.  At Smart Cville, we focus on leveraging technology to solve public problems.  We’re obsessively interested in how both governments and citizens use technology to make cities better.  This fall, to learn more about how technology is being used in the City of Charlottesville, we[…]

Local Citizen Uses Technology to Educate on Local Elections

Since I first met Jessica Otey, almost one year ago, she has been interested in voter education in Charlottesville.  Even then, her primary desire was to create an InfoBallot for the city to better prepare voters. She believed in going beyond a simple voter guide to the issues.  She wanted to use technology to overlay[…]

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[…]