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Tempe’s government leaders are looking for proposals for community improvement projects that would help maintain the city’s position as a regional innovation leader — and they have set aside an Innovation Fund of $500,000 to attract interest in submitting project ideas.

Their preference is for projects that are clearly defined, have only one-time start-up costs and provide specific metrics for evaluating project success.

Some of the kinds of projects the city wants to support would likely be related to various research pursuits of Arizona State University faculty, says Tempe Public Information Officer Kris Baxter-Ging.

For more detailed information, visit the Tempe Innovation Fund website.

Also of interest to researchers: The city is set to begin a series of public talks in mid-March about how it is using data to measure the performance of local government programs and services.

Much of that data focuses on the city’s sustainability endeavors, Baxter-Ging says, and also includes data on roads, fire emergency response times and other types of calls for city services that could be valuable information for some university researchers.

For a look at the available information, see the City of Tempe Open Data website.

More information on the schedule for the public talks on the data sets and the city’s innovation programs will be available soon on the Tempe Accelerates website.

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