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Software Developers: Have You Considered Working for the Government?

This post was originally published by MAPC Full-Stack Developer Ian Hill on Medium. Read the original article here. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, government agencies don’t receive enough attention from software developers and soon-to-be graduates looking for rewarding work. Public servants are like the cast and crew of a feature film. A handful of skilled actors capture the […]

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Trips, Traps, and APIs

Navigating legacy app integrations in government This post was originally published by MAPC Lead Civic Web Developer Matt Zagaja on Medium. Read the original article here.   In Digital Services at MAPC, we commonly integrate our apps with other software through application programming interfaces (APIs). Being able to integrate with other software allows us to […]

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The Feedback-Induced Pivot: Retrofitting Apps to Better Meet User Needs

This post discusses the new version of MAPC’s MassBuilds application. The new version will be available to the public in late April.   This post was originally published by MAPC Frontend Developer Eric Youngberg on Medium. Read the original article here.   My favorite applications are the ones that work. There are many applications that […]

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Cybersecurity & Management: What are you risking?

We leave a digital footprint with everything we do. Data is being generated whenever we use our GPS-equipped smartphones or go on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. This ever-growing stream of information is the foundation of Big Data that MAPC uses to explore trends, crowdsource, and spur change. The power of data gives […]

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Meeting Youth Where They’re At

How a group of government technologists designed a more accessible summer employment system for Boston youth

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Report Release: “Fare Choices” on Ride-Hailing in Metro Boston

On February 6, MAPC released “Fare Choices,” a survey of ride-hailing passengers in Metro Boston. The ride-hailing industry, led by Uber and Lyft, has seen explosive growth in recent years. As more and more travelers choose these on-demand mobility services, they have the potential to transform regional travel patterns. These transformations may become even more […]

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Housing Production and School Enrollment: Not as Simple as the Birds and the Bees

Please read brief for substantiation and full discussion  Step into a community meeting about a new housing development, and you’re likely to hear a conversation about school enrollment. The question of how many children may live in newly built housing—and how many of those kids might attend the local schools—has become a central part of […]

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Beat the Heat This Summer With Keep Cool

Just in time for the official start of summer, MAPC has rolled out its pioneering Keep Cool app. In partnership with the Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Preparedness Taskforce, MAPC soft launched this innovative new web application last summer as a resource for those who live and work in the Coalition’s 14 cities and towns in […]

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Introducing Trailmap, Your Comprehensive Guide to Local Trails

On the first day of Bay State Bike Week, MAPC celebrated by announcing the launch of Trailmap, a comprehensive online map of trails for cyclists, walkers, and others engaging in active transportation and looking to explore the trails and other amenities throughout the MAPC region and beyond. Senior Transportation Planner David Loutzenheiser unveiled the tool […]

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MAPC’s Development Database: A Window to the Future

There is no doubt that Metro Boston real estate is on the rebound from the recession of the late ’00s.  From Downtown Boston to our smallest towns, cranes and carpenters are hard at work building the new homes and commercial spaces that signify a growing economy. Individual developments may be small or large, but their […]

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