Tag: Cities

Inside the Mind of Miguel Gamino Jr. of Mastercard, Executive Vice President for Global Cities

Epidemics have shaped the development of urban settings – the plague in Athens, the Black Death in Rome, and Cholera outbreaks in the 1800s in London and New York.   As society wrestles the effects of this pandemic, the world is reimaging on what life will look like Post-COVID including how cities, which comprise over half of the world’s population, will be affected in the near and long-term.  Today, we chat with Miguel Gamino Jr., Executive Vice President for Global Cities at Mastercard, where he leads Global Cities and City Possible, connecting academia, government, and industry to foster inclusive sustainable urban development that’s reshaping the world we live in today and setting the foundation for tomorrow.

No stranger to the intersection of technology and government, Gamino previously served as the CTO of the City of New York and the CIO for both the cities of San Francisco and

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340 NORI visa holders return from Pak via Attari – cities

At least 340 people, most of whom had gone to Pakistan on NORI (no objection to return to India) visas, were allowed to come back via the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar district on Tuesday.

Indian High Commission in Pakistan recently said it was facilitating the return of 363 such visa holders and 37 Indians on Tuesday.

These people were stranded in various parts of Pakistan due to the closure of borders for the containment of the coronavirus pandemic. In the last week of June, India and Pakistan operated a shuttle service for people stuck on both sides of the border due to the pandemic. Barring NORI visa holders, nearly 2,000 Indians and Pakistanis have already been allowed to return to their respective countries though the border since June.

But this is the first time that NORI visa holders were allowed through the land border since the closure of the borders

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Path Master’s New Partnership Empowers Municipalities With Limited Resources to Become Smart Cities

TWINSBURG, Ohio – September 15, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

​​​Path Master, a leading provider of products and services to the traffic industry in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania, today announced a partnership that can empower more municipalities –including those with limited financial resources – to experience the benefits of becoming a smart city, such as smoother traffic flow, reduced emissions, and a better quality of life for its residents.

Path Master is partnering with Miovision to become an exclusive distributor of Miovision TrafficLink, a smart traffic platform that helps cities to modernize their existing analog traffic signals by adding connectivity and video-based, multimodal traffic measurement and analysis. That means Path Master now offers its customers cutting-edge technology that avoids two of the biggest roadblocks to adopting smart technologies: the high costs and lengthy timeframes involved in implementation.

“We can now use a single camera for full-intersection detection,”

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USDA awards Rural Business Development grants to Ga. cities

ATHENS, Ga., (WALB)The Trump Administration announced Tuesday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding 16 grants, totaling $1,384,000, for rural business development and job creation in Georgia. Funding comes from the Rural Business Development Grant program.

a sign in front of a green field: (Source: USDA)

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(Source: USDA)

“This program is vital for workforce development, business development and job creation,” said Joyce White, USDA Rural Development state director. “It can be used by technical colleges to modernize classroom equipment to train a technically skilled workforce, and small towns renovate business centers, start business incubators and expand opportunities with this program. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”


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White announced projects in Ben Hill, Camden, Coffee, Cook, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Seminole, Stephens, Towns,

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Urban researcher on the importance of parks in helping cities adapt during pandemic

  • Nature in urban spaces is instrumental in maintaining peoples’ wellbeing throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Karl Samuelsson, a Stockholm-based researcher who focuses on sustainable environments for people, says that cities need more nature and bigger spaces to practice social distancing.
  • In a recent research paper, Samuelsson and his colleagues argue that social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus can leave dense urban areas in a particularly vulnerable position.
  • To combat this, cities need to be able to offer residents quicker access to green space and the opportunity to get outside while maintaining a safe distance from others during a pandemic.
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As the coronavirus continues to spread across the world, open space — and space to maintain a social distance — has become a hot commodity. 

Karl Samuelsson, an urban researcher at the University of Gävle in Stockholm, Sweden, thinks natural spaces like

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Twin Cities Startup Week going virtual, extended over three weeks

Bharat Pulgam skipped school when he was 14 to attend his first Twin Cities Startup Week event six years ago.

He has returned to it most years since, meeting angel investors and connecting with other young entrepreneurs who are now part of his team.

“I would print 50 business cards and would make sure I handed out all 50 by the end of the event,” said the 20-year-old, who is now working on his nearly two-year-old startup, Pikup, which helps neighbors connect so they can grab groceries for one another.

This year, such networking will be more challenging as Twin Cities Startup Week is going nearly all online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, Pulgam said he will be part of the events, which start on Monday and will actually go on for the rest of the month.

“People who want to make the best of the opportunity will, even

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Twin Cities short-term rental market takes a beating: ‘Our whole business shifted’

On a good month, the upper floor of Michael and Krista Browne’s Minneapolis duplex near the University of Minnesota and Stone Arch Bridge could pull in $2,750 to $3,000 as an Airbnb rental. For the Brownes and many other vacation rental owners in the Twin Cities, there haven’t been many good months this year.

“We were spending money to manage month to month, but not seeing income,” said Krista Browne.

This spring, when COVID-19 slammed the brakes on travel and cancellations exceeded new bookings, Browne grew weary of the uncertainty. She turned the Airbnb into a long-term rental that now fetches only $1,800 a month, upending the couple’s plans to convert the 1,000 square-foot unit they occupied into a short-term rental that would help fund the purchase of a house — they have a toddler and she’s pregnant with twins.

“Our whole business shifted,” she said. “We had to get

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