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As we've seen again and again over the course of the COVID-19 crisis, communities know how to think outside the box when it comes to protecting their citizens. In this month's edition of SafeGov, we're featuring yet another innovative solution from the City of Elgin, Illinois. Using easy-to-navigate interactive maps created with ArcGIS, Elgin is keeping citizens informed about local case loads and critical services, all with just a few clicks.

We're also highlighting this month the ongoing push to close the nation's digital divide. Approximately 700 companies from Verizon to small fiber builders signed onto the federal Keep Americans Connected Pledge, but more permanent solutions will be needed. Michael Kirby offers 5 key takeaways from a Congressional working group helping to address this FCC goal to deploy universal broadband in all communities.

Andrea Fox, Editor
Fighting COVID-19 with geospatial tech
By Sarah Sinning
The City of Elgin, Illinois, is using ArcGIS to help keep citizens informed about local case loads and critical services
Quick Take: FCC advisory committee on diversity and digital empowerment lays out tasks ahead
By Michael Kirby
Working groups on connectivity press on as the pandemic exposes and exacerbates the digital divide; goals set and preliminary solutions discussed
CTO Download: City of Columbia CIO on keeping up with digital natives, pandemic
By Derek Porter
Columbia’s Chief Information Officer Jim Chapdelaine shares his insight on how cities can better integrate technology for mission-critical tasks
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