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Molly Bolan

Assistant Editor, Route Fifty

Molly Bolan
Molly Bolan is the assistant editor at Route Fifty. She previously covered education for The Keene Sentinel in her home state of New Hampshire.
Cloud & Infrastructure

A new initiative seeks to help small cities access infrastructure funding

The program will work with communities to assemble strong grant applications that can win some of the billions of dollars available.


Twitter turbulence under Elon Musk poses headache for governments

States and localities have come to depend on the social media platform to get information out in emergencies and other situations. But a surge in imposter accounts has some worried.

Emerging Tech

Testing out new transportation options in the nation’s capital

Washington, D.C. officials are hoping a “mobility innovation district” will help address equity concerns.

Emerging Tech

The small Alabama city that’s gained 117,000 TikTok followers

Oneonta Mayor Richard Phillips’ video posts goofing around about local government and highlighting the town have attracted online fans and, in some cases, real life visitors.

Emerging Tech

‘Robo-lawyers’ are coming. Are states ready?

Automated legal services are becoming more widely available for routine proceedings, offering possible cost savings and other benefits. But for the emerging tech to thrive, experts say regulations need to be updated.

Public Safety

One city's proposed e-scooter ultimatum: No sidewalks or no scooting

The new plan under consideration in San Francisco would require all of the transportation devices to have anti-sidewalk technology or to stop operation.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Why smart cities are about more than just tech

“Diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility—that is a thread throughout, it is not an afterthought.”

Data & Analytics

New dashboard tracks climate data, projects extreme weather events

The Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation portal tracks real-time and location-specific information about extreme weather threats and shares resources about federal funding opportunities and case studies of how communities are navigating climate threats. 

Data & Analytics

Mayors' initiative to harness data to improve government functions, constituent services

The new effort, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, has 22 members in the initial cohort and is expected to grow to 100 mayors during the next two years.