Pittsburgh's big plan for digital innovation

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto this week unveiled the city's Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation, a plan intended to give residents equitable access to technology, city resources and information.

According to an announcement from the city, the roadmap includes more than 100 projects and initiatives, and was created by Peduto’s Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Pittsburgh.

A central goal of the roadmap is to improve the city’s capacity to serve the public in the digital age. In order to do that, the city will establish a Western PA Regional Data Center to collect and distribute relevant data to entities that can turn into comprehensible actionable information.

Pittsburgh will also ensure operations are data driven, and with the help of three Code for America fellows, create a web-based application to streamline the purchasing process, as well as improve procurement efficiency, transparency and effectiveness.

In addition, the city will increase public wireless Internet accessibility in public locations, create a traffic management process to review accident data and identify the most dangerous streets in the city and increase the city’s 311 call center capacity and services.

The roadmap also aims to bridge the digital divide, facilitate broader participation in the new economy and increase "resilience in the digital age" by strengthening tech in local business sectors.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.


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