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City of Asheville earns GIS award for racial equity mapping project

      The City of Asheville was recently awarded the North Carolina G. Herbert Stout Award for Visionary Use of GIS in support of the City’s Mapping Racial Equity project.   Asheville was recognized during the 2019 N.C. GIS Conference in Winston-Salem. City Council officials received the award during their May 14 meeting.   GIS […]

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Asheville Police Department releases use of force data

    In a continuing effort to increase transparency and provide the community with access to data, the Asheville Police Department has worked in partnership with several community members to release use of force data online through the City of Asheville Open data Portal.   The data will include all records on/after Jan. 1, 2018. The […]

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Asheville Police release citizen complaint and 9-1-1 call data on Open Data Portal

  In a continuing effort to increase transparency and provide the community with access to data, the Asheville Police Department has worked in partnership with several community members to release citizen complaint and 9-1-1 call data online through the City of Asheville Open Data Portal.   APD Citizen Complaints: Data includes all complaints made on/after January 1, […]

City of Asheville earns Amazon IT award

  Amazon Web Services recently recognized the City of Asheville as winner of its mid-sized cities Dream Big Award for its equity work, particularly related to using open data as a tool to help identify opportunities to contract with minority business owners.   The award was part of Amazon Web Services’ 2018 City on a […]

What do you want to know, Asheville? Just ask newly upgraded SimpliCity 2.0 search tool

    From trash collection days to crime, from properties to neighborhoods, Asheville residents have been able to look up local data by address on SimpliCity since it launched in 2015.   Now, with SimpliCity 2.0, residents can access even more information, including integrated topic dashboards like the City budget and capital and bond projects, […]

Find more local information with launch of SimpliCity 2.0

What do you want to know, Asheville? From neighborhood information to the City budget, mine data on an updated version of the City’s searchable tool, SimpliCity.   First launched in 2015, this award-winning online tool provides useful information on city development, tax values, even trash and recycling pickup schedules.   What’s new with SimpliCity 2.0? Now […]

City’s IT department unveils aerial maps documenting Asheville’s development

This 1951 aerial map shows an Asheville before interstates were built. The Asheville Through Time webpage tracks their development as well as other aspects of the city, such as deforestation.       An online tool recently developed by the City of Asheville shows how the city has grown and changed in the past 66 years.   […]

City of Asheville partners with Waze travel app to add official traffic information

The City of Asheville today announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (www.waze.com), a free, real-time traffic and navigation app crowd-sourced by drivers.   On its free mobile phone app, Waze users help each other outsmart traffic, informing each other in real-time if there’s a wreck ahead, an upcoming construction zone or whether a road is […]

Asheville earns Municipal Innovator award for Open Data portal

The City of Asheville was named Municipal Innovator during this month’s North Carolina Digital Government Summit in Raleigh. The award recognizes the City’s updated open-data portal, data.ashevillenc.gov. The N.C. League of Municipalities nomination reads: “It (open-data portal) provides the public an array of useful, downloadable information, from crime locations to flood maps to demographics to a […]

City of Asheville unveils new Open Data Portal

Our data is your data. Literally. The City of Asheville collects and houses a lot of data, everything from property records to zoning permits and beyond. Putting that data to use for the public good has been a driving force behind City initiatives such as the SimpliCity search engine, which won a national award, and avlbudget.org, a partnership […]

Graffiti Dashboard finalist for NC Tech Award

The North Carolina Technology Association has announced that the City of Asheville’s 123 Graffiti Free Dashboard is among the finalists for the 2014 Tech Awards. The online tool is one of four finalists in the “Business Value” category under “Use of Technology,” and was selected from more than 500 nominations. It is also the only […]

Dashboard tracks and reports graffiti cleanup progress

Follow along with 123 Graffiti Free! A new online dashboard tracks the City of Asheville’s progress on the 123 Graffiti Free cleanup assistance initiative. The dashboard, produced in collaboration between the city’s Public Works and IT Services Departments, displays the number of graffiti cleanup requests, the number of cases completed and the amount of money […]