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[…]

Revitalizing Democracy: Is it Time to Rethink Local Boards and Commissions?

Learn more about Charlottesville Boards and Commissions More than hundred years ago, Progressive Era reformers, among the ranks of whom included former President Theodore Roosevelt, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and Mary Munford, sought to end corruption and make local governments more democratic and efficient through restructuring political institutions.  As part of the reforms, cities[…]

PRESS RELEASE: Smart Cville Releases Virginia School Discipline Project Tool

  Smart Cville is pleased to announce the release of the Virginia School Discipline Project, an online tool aimed at helping families navigate complex procedures and know their rights when their students are disciplined in Virginia public schools. Recent data shows that more than 10% of Virginia students are suspended each year, with suspensions disproportionately[…]

Civic Innovators Create Rivanna Trails App

No app development experience? No problem! Civic innovators Amy and Stuart Ferguson saw a local challenge: how can we make it easier for people, especially first time users, to navigate and enjoy the Rivanna Trail? Their answer: leverage technology to create an app … and despite having no app development experience … they did just[…]

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[…]