On March 11, 2021 President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to aid public health and economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic - making it one of the largest economic rescue plans in U.S. history!
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As we near the end of another year (that seems to have gone by in a flash), we take a look at 2021 - spotlighting some of our achievements, whilst sharing our plans for 2022 and some trends we expect to see in the new year.
Since the start of the pandemic, footfall in some towns and city centres have decreased by up to 70%, and our local businesses are paying the price. The Welcome Back Fund has been introduced to provide councils across England with a share of £56 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to encourage footfall back to the high street and show support to shops and hospitality businesses, who need the support of consumers now more than ever.
Higher Education Institutions compete on various levels to attract students. Finding an institution that carries a good reputation has become increasingly important to students, as more and more people hold degrees and compete for compelling jobs after graduation.
Urban planning attempts to organise socio-spatial relations across different scales of government and governance. The planning process typically has two functions; managing physical development and planning ahead for future growth and development. While these functions appear to focus solely on physical development, they are also concerned with economic, environmental and social needs.
The importance of Smart Governance has been recognised as a fundamental necessity of smart cities as it creates a strong link between a government and its citizens. In the case of Hello Lamp Post we focus on how public services are delivered and better inform how governing bodies make their decisions based on the data derived from our playful and innovative solutions.
Smart cities are places where digital solutions are leveraged to enhance the use of traditional networks and services. Thereby the aim of smart cities is to increase the quality of life for the residents, improve sustainability, and benefit businesses.
This week we're announcing the first wave of companies joining our newly formed partnership programme. We'll be working closely with five businesses who’s work aligns with our vision of creating more inclusive, democratic, human led cities.
Thanks to digital technology, the world is rapidly evolving and the way in which citizens and local governments can communicate and engage has never been more innovative.
Civic technology, or civic tech, enhances the relationship between the people and government and is the term given to any form of innovative technology used in the public sphere to impact society positively.
The concept of Smart Tourism is defined by the European Union as a destination facilitating access to tourism and hospitality products, services, spaces and experiences through ICT-based (Information and communications technology) tools. By investing and developing these resources a city's intelligence is strengthened and visitor engagement enhanced.
The growth of urbanisation has placed increased demand on infrastructure and services such as transportation, water/sanitation, energy, and civic projects. As cities continue to expand and demographics diversify, it has become challenging for governments, on a local level, to make informed decisions representative of the local population.