How can cities balance ride-sharing and resident needs?

first_img Read Full Story As ride–sharing, scooter rentals, and all manner of “micromobility” solutions have taken root in cities across the country, local government leaders are struggling with how to balance expanded mobility options against rising levels of congestion, curb space management, and air–quality concerns. With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Stephen Goldsmith, the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, hosted a convening late last year of city transportation leaders, industry heads, academics, and foundations all hoping to find a consensus around many of these urban mobility management issues as part of the Center’s Project on Mobility and the Connected City.  Based on many of these discussions, the Project recently released a pair of papers examining how policymakers can better navigate many of these new regulatory, data-sharing, and environmental concerns as mobility patterns continue to evolve. The inaugural report in the series, Prioritizing Public Value in the Changing Mobility Landscape, identifies the transformative changes affecting cities and mobility and discusses in more detail the guiding values and goals that cities have set around mobility. Rather than segmenting the rapidly changing mobility space, Goldsmith and the project team recommend that cities should take advantage of the interconnectivity of issues like curb space management, air quality, and e-commerce delivery to better guide public policy.“Transportation has entered a new phase, and it is crucial that cities prioritize public values when planning and evaluating mobility,” according to Goldsmith. “As the landscape changes, an intentional values lens should be used when considering new forms of mobility, updates to older modes, and changes to infrastructure.” Effectively Managing Connected Mobility Marketplaces serves as a follow up by examining how local government leaders have struggled to adapt their regulatory framework to adequately address new challenges or the needs of the consumers of these new services. Goldsmith argues that cities must use the levers at their disposal to ensure an equitable mobility marketplace and utilize real-time data sharing to enforce compliance. Specifically, these include investing in and leveraging physical and digital infrastructure, regulating and licensing business conducted in public space, establishing and enforcing rules around public safety, rethinking zoning and land use planning to be transit-oriented, and regulating the digital realm to protect data integrity. “Cities are increasingly confronting the reality that 19th-century regulatory frameworks no longer work in this new era of expanded mobility solutions,” says Goldsmith. “They need to see the future and regulate in a dynamic way, while at the same time harvesting the benefits of what technology promises and restricting the dangers and abuses it can engender.”  last_img read more

Insurance and investment products: Distinctly different

first_imgA one-size-fits-all marketing approach won’t workby: Diane FranklinCredit unions considering the addition of insurance and/or investment products should keep in mind that these two categories are distinctly different from each other and thus require distinctly different marketing approaches.“Other than the fact that they both generate fee income, these products have no other links or parallels in the way they are distributed to members,” says Jeff Chesky, president/CEO of insurance services provider Insuritas, East Windsor, Conn. “One of the most important points that we counsel CEOs on is that they should never include insurance and investment products in the same discussion.”Differences start with the potential markets for each of the two categories. As Chesky explains, “Insurance products are purchased by every member of the credit union somewhere every year. With insurance, 100 percent of your membership is the addressable market because every member is going to buy insurance from somebody every year, whereas with investments, typically no more than 30 percent of a field of membership represents an addressable market.“For that reason, we believe strongly that the education, communication, distribution and marketing of insurance should never be at the same time that a credit union is talking about its investment program. They have virtually no similarities and no overlap.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Female pitching star leads all-male team to Little League World Series

first_imgIn this Aug. 6, 2014, photo, Pennsylvania pitcher Mo’Ne Davis follows through on a throw prior to facing the District of Columbia in the Little League Eastern Regionals at Breen Stadium in Bristol, Conn., Davis and New Jersey’s Kayla Roncin are competing to make it to the Little League World Series, a rare feat for girls. But to get there, one girls’ team may have to knock off the other’s team. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Female pitcher Mo’Ne Davis led her team into the Little League World Series, throwing a three-hitter Sunday to lead Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League of Philadelphia to an 8-0 victory over a squad from Delaware.Mo’Ne struck out six in the six-inning game in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game.The 13-year-old will become only the 17th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years. It starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.It was her second win over Delaware-Newark National Little League in the regional. She struck out 10 in the previous victory.Taney’s Jahli Hendricks, left, Scott Bandura, in the background, Mo’ne Davis, right, leap for joy after securing the last two outs on a doubleplay to end the sixth inning and win the Eastern Division Championship over the Newark Nationals Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 in Bristol., Conn. Taney will go on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Bryant)Clutch has the story:Davis is an honor roll 8th grader and has played for a travel baseball team since she was 7. In a climate that pressures girls to switch over to softball teams before they become teenagers, Davis has held strong and shown her teammates that baseball is the only game for her. It’s often mistakenly assumed that softball is essentially the same as baseball, and while softball has plenty of merits (including its own Little League World Series), the two sports are hardly identical.Girls who love baseball rarely have female leagues to join and often have to fight their way onto all-male teams. Even after being allowed to play, these young women may frequently have to justify their presence on the team.Davis and March stand as awesome public proof that girls can play right alongside the boys — and excel at it. While it’s not fair that Davis carries the pressure of representing all young women in baseball, a lot of sports fans seem to see her that way. The good news is that she’s an awesome role model and totally cut out for the job.Hopefully, in a more equal future, a token trailblazing female on a sports team won’t be the big news that it is today. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, it might be worth switching on ESPN to see these two ladies take the field this weekend! Read more.In this Aug. 6, 2014, photo, Pennsylvania’s Mo’Ne Davis steps on first as she beats the throw on a single against the District of Columbia during a baseball game in the Little League Eastern Regionals at Breen Stadium in Bristol, Conn. Davis and New Jersey’s Kayla Roncin are competing to make it to the Little League World Series, a rare feat for girls. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)last_img read more

Read which is the only European country still progressing with its football league during…

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