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City Funds to Boost Business Equity

U.S. cities spend around $1.6 trillion on procurement, and some cities are thinking of new ways to use the money they're already spending to boost traditionally disadvantaged minority-owned business. Check out Living Cities' look at the ways four cities are amplifying their spending's positive impact, such as by making the RFP process faster and easier, as well as facilitating peer-to-peer coaching for minority-owned companies. 

Learning from the Smart Cities Challenge

After last year's Smart City Challenge held by the U.S. Department of Transportation, cities are thinking big about how to use technology and improve mobility. Read Route Fifty's special report on the tools and strategies that governments are using to innovate with technology and data and learn more about how smart city tech is advancing.

NewDEALer in the Spotlight:
Dave Aronberg, State Attorney
(Palm Beach County, FL)


Improving the Response to Opioid Addiction

NewDEAL Leader Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg released 8 policy recommendations drawn up by his sober home task force, aimed at reforming how opioids are prescribed and how patients access sober home treatments. Aronberg recently penned an op-ed in TIME on how rampant fraud among sober homes is hurting people suffering from substance abuse as well as the healthcare system overall. He calls for reforms in reimbursements to treatment providers, five-day limits on opioid prescriptions and changes to how people are referred to sober homes

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