Posts Tagged ‘public policy’

Crowdsourcing Transportation Policy With MobilityHouston

MobilityHouston is a website that crowdsources transportation policy ideas from Houstonians. The goal is to help lawmakers create smarter, more comprehensive transportation policies. They do it with a specific focus on mobility and a broad community engagement strategy. So Far, Policymaking is Offline Houston’s lawmakers have to get smart on a range of issues before they write the laws. They…

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Recap of the Houston Controller Forum About Technology

This morning was the first debate of its kind, anywhere in the US. The six candidates for Houston City Controller gathered at the Houston Technology Center to discuss… technology. The City Controller is Houston’s Chief Financial Officer. They are responsible for communicating financial issues to the public, reporting on our finances, and auditing the city…

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Building a Research Map for Early Matters

Children at Risk school quality rating overlaid with median household income

This is a post about how we built an early childhood education research map prototype for two Houston-based education advocacy groups and a coalition of 70+ partners. This is the end of the first phase of development. Check it out here. Quality early education increases school readiness, contributes to better student academic outcomes, and increases high…

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A Day in DC: Startups and the State of the Union

I’m writing this blog on a rainy Monday afternoon in Houston, Texas. Tomorrow night, the President will deliver the 2013 State of the Union address. Over the course of an hour, he’ll talk about the year ahead. It’s a good amount of time to celebrate success and define challenges, but really, it’s only an hour.…

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7 Hours in Houston: My Day with the Jobs Council

Last week, I had the opportunity to accompany the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to three roundtable meetings in Houston, Texas. We met with over 50 leaders from business, government, and academia. Together, they tell the story of Houston for the last 30 years, from boom and bust to recovery…

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Texas' State Strategic Plan on Technology – Preliminary Thoughts

I was honored and humbled this year to be nominated to the Advisory Board for the State of Texas’ State Strategic Plan (SSP) on Technology. It was an interesting experience and I look forward to seeing the end product come out later this year. Importantly, Jeff Reichman played a much larger role on the advisory board…

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Inside the State of Texas Technology Strategic Plan

Last week, I participated in the kickoff session for the State of Texas Technology Strategic Plan. We’re pretty familiar with government planning, and this was a great way to learn about the future of technology in the state. Spearheaded by the Texas Department of Information Resources, the technology strategic plan will be available later this…

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