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Local Community Directory

Local businesses need to have control of their information on their community's local directory. With Citiesense, community organizations like BIDs are equipped with the tools and capabilities to make that happen. Citiesense is the only technology partner for organizations that provides them with their very own online portal for seamless communication and outreach with their local businesses, on top of providing a geospatial... more »

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Covid19-safe Payment Methods

One of the primary ways that Covid19 spreads is contact with infected items, or fomite transmission. Items that are frequently touched, and by many people, can be transmission points for Covid19. Among the biggest risks for fomite transmission, are the payment methods that consumers and businesses use every day like cash and credit cards.

Passing a credit card back and forth to multiple merchants increases risks for... more »

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Keep Business Storefronts Open By Letting Customers Shop Safely In Store With Their Phones! trending idea

We can get people back onto our main streets and into our unique, local stores safely...we just need the right tools!

We built Butterbuy to enable an entirely contactless and convenient way to visit stores (https://youtu.be/nefkSLRqkLs). With Butterbuy, a customer can pop into a store, grab a few items, and checkout all on their phone! There is no need to wait on a line, hand off your goods to somebody else, or pull... more »

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Connecting cultural organizations & artists to managers of public space

COVID has wreaked havoc on so many sectors of society but in particular, it has hit the arts community extremely hard. Theaters and cultural spaces will be the last to reopen and because all events have had to be cancelled, artists have lost much of their livelihoods. A recent report by SMU DataArts prepared for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, specifies that arts nonprofits in New York have lost a half... more »

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Love Your Local Community

Local businesses for years have struggled to compete with large competitors across industries. The current situation has re-kindled the solidarity of the community and the care for one another, your local. There's an opportunity for local businesses to re-connect with the local community. 'Love Your Local' was the first step, now we are suggestion the next phase - 'Love Your Local 2.0'.

What is 'Love Your Local': Love... more »

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inCitu AR-Planning Community Engagement

inCitu is looking to ease and democratize the act of city development by improving the means for community participation and effectively crowdsourcing residents' feedback. Specifically, our AR-powered platform layers planning proposals on top of the built environment, in their future place, including projecting their information and the potential impact they have on their surrounding.

Our tool allows residents to view... more »

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Technology Access in the Midst of a Crisis

As the crisis began to unfold and an emergency order was issued, there was growing difficulty to communicate with many small businesses which did not have sufficient technology access like websites, Facebook pages or even business email addresses. As with many BIDs, having up to date communication list are difficult to maintain however, during this pandemic it has made it very difficult to relay up to minute details of... more »

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Co-locating for Success

As storefronts begin to reopen, income from sales may not reach previous levels for the foreseeable future, and businesses may find it hard to make ends meet. Assuming a protracted recovery time period, are there opportunities for small businesses to co-locate and share resources and expenses, everything from operations, deliveries and storage to staffing, utilities and rent? Are there industries that lend themselves... more »

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Restaurant Social Media App

Hi everyone! I hope this message finds you well. Me and my partners have been working on a new food app that is basically as easy as using Instagram or Facebook! You create a user profile for your restaurant and you begin to post pictures like you would on Instagram or Facebook by taking a picture and sharing it to your profile. It can be also downloaded by customers and friends. Basically anyone can download it. We were... more »

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Lights of Hope

Let's not allow 2020 to be "The Year Holiday Lights Went Dark."

For smaller civic organizations and Business Improvement Districts, avenue holiday lights are a significant part of their annual budget and a hallmark of their most highly visible annual "placemaking."

After social distancing requirements lift and businesses start to re-open, annual signs of community life will be more important than ever - especially since... more »

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How can local business join forces against eComm giants

Even before the pandemic, there was a rising demand for online order and speedy delivery for goods and services. Consumers often turn to "big box" services such as Amazon, who are able to provide an "everything store" experience that includes free and quick delivery. While people love to shop from their neighborhood businesses, the businesses are largely unable to provide the experience consumers have come to expect.... more »

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Technology Training Utilizing YouTube

In order to address the concerns of businesses with limited technology and social media skills, YouTube could be utilized for training purposes. While it wouldn't be as personalized, it is free to access and already available. Perhaps a one pager could be created with links to the most helpful/relevant/easy videos and their associated topics.

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