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 debate over changing this tax on hotels (and other short term lodging) usually contains 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[…]

Microsoft Meets Charlottesville Open Data – Building Footprints

On October 12, 2018, the New York Times published an article on a remarkable achievement from Microsoft, “A Map of Every Building In America.” The map provides insight on the structure and form of our impact on the environment, as well as the influence of history, geology, and culture on the manmade landscape. In addition[…]

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[…]