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Mayor's Week in Review

This week I traveled to San Francisco to attend the Code for America Summit in which Miami-Dade County was announced as one of the partners of the 2015 Code for America Fellowship Program. Week in Review: Sept. 22, 2014 - Sept. 26,2014

This week I traveled to San Francisco to attend the Code for America Summit in which Miami-Dade County was announced as one of the partners of the 2015 Code for America Fellowship Program. Over the past four years, the fellowship program has produced more than 55 Web apps with 30 municipal governments throughout the country. During the residency, fellows will work alongside County specialists to identify specific government challenges and devise technological solutions. Projects will be presented at the next Code for America Summit in October 2015. I want to thank the John and James L. Knight Foundation for partnering with us in this project. This announcement is evidence of Miami-Dade County’s emergence as a hub for technology and innovation, as well part of our continued efforts to implement open data policies.

September 26, 2014

The County earned more accolades for open government from the Center for Digital Government this week, which ranked us as a Top 10 County for Open Government for developing innovations that boost transparency, reduce costs and increase efficiency.The County earned more accolades for open government from the Center for Digital Government this week, which ranked us as a Top 10 County for Open Government for developing innovations that boost transparency, reduce costs and increase efficiency. Our information technology innovations include mobile applications that enable residents to report neighborhood issues or fraud, as well as applications that help the public find out about code violations or search business tax records to learn about the businesses operating within their neighborhood. Applications like these have the cumulative effect of making government more and more transparent, and with that, more accountable.


During my virtual budget town hall meeting last month, a constituent pointed out that the budget itself needed to be more accessible to enable everyday people to understand how their tax dollars are being spent. Fostering accessibility to government – whether by demystifying a complex budget, sharing data or by being more accessible to residents – is a key theme of open government. That’s why I’ve asked every County department under my authority to become more accessible to the community using social media. Tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others have made direct, real-time discussion not just possible, but necessary. I invite you to connect with the County by visiting our Social Media Center and also check out our Mobile Application Center.


The days of waiting in long lines to pay tolls at the Rickenbacker and Venetian causeways have come to an end. SunPass and Toll-By-Plate has replaced the C-Pass as well as manual toll collection.

The days of waiting in long lines to pay tolls at the Rickenbacker and Venetian causeways have come to an end. SunPass and Toll-By-Plate has replaced the C-Pass and manual toll collection. It’s a welcome change for the 24,000 vehicles that pass through these tolls on these causeways each day. The conversion will speed up entry into Virginia Key, Key Biscayne and the Venetian Islands because motorists will no longer have to stop to pay their tolls. When the C-Pass system became obsolete, the SunPass system and Toll-By-Plate system enabled the County to continue operations almost without skipping a beat. Electronic toll collection will save an estimated $1 million in operational costs between the two toll plazas. This is just another example of what’s possible when government at all levels works together.


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