The Digital Platform for Community Events

Contact:

Dennis Roche

President

Dennis@burbio.com

Direct: 212-729-3611

www.Burbio.com

In Continued Rise More Than 60% of U.S. K-12 Public School Students Starting School “Virtually” This Fall 

An Increase of Ten Percentage Points Versus Early August as Large Districts Reverse In-Person Learning Plans

NYC Pushes Start Date Back While Sticking to Hybrid Plan: Less Than 20 Percent of Students Attending School In-Person Daily

September 2nd, 2020 – More than 60% of US K-12 public school students will be attending school remotely to start the school year, up from an estimated of 52% in early August  according to a comprehensive and ongoing survey conducted by Burbio.com, a data service that aggregates school and community calendars nationwide.  Specifically, 62% of students are projected to be learning online to start the year, 37% will be attending in-person either every day or certain days of the week, and just under 1% of students are in school districts that still haven’t finalized plans.   A national overview of the data can be found at Burbio's School Opening Tracker.  

“We continue to see a shift to online learning from previously announced or mandated in-person plans,” noted Burbio co-founder Julie Roche,  noting that districts such as Hawaii, Dallas, Boston as well as  mid-size communities throughout the NY region walked back existing in person plans.   “As start dates got closer districts decided they weren’t ready to bring students in the classroom.”

New York City, the nation’s largest district, on Tuesday pushed its start date back to September 21st while maintaining plans for hybrid learning.   Schools have now started in most of the country. Future changes in the data will be driven by districts that have already opened making changes in one direction or the other.  

Of the 37% of districts having in person learning, 19% are attending school every day and 18% will be attending a hybrid format where students only attend on certain days.  

Even as the majority of changes in the Burbio study involve a shift to virtual learning from in-person, several districts are making transitions in the other direction.   Orange County, FL, and Killeen TX, schools have already transitioned to in-person learning after a remote start.    Burbio estimates over 11 million students across the US are currently attending school in-person either every day or certain days of the week.

“Schools in the Sun Belt shifting to in-person from virtual are an interesting trend,” added Roche. “If they can make a successful transition, we expect to see more changes like that in the month of September.   Many of the districts who postponed in-person plans in late August set goals to start in-person learning early in the Fall.  It’s going to be a very fluid across the US as districts learn what they are comfortable with.”

Burbio’s data set consists of more than 80,000 K-12 school calendars across all 50 states and is dynamically updated as events are added or changed.  For this initiative, Burbio actively monitors districts representing over 35,000 schools, including the 200 largest school districts in the U.S.  District plans are reviewed every 72 hours to identify changes.  School districts in the data set are a mix of sizes and distributed nationally in such a way to represent local decision-making across the country.

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About the Methodology

 Margin for error is 2.73% at 95% confidence level.  For detailed methodology visit https://about.burbio.com/methodology/ or email dennis@burbio.com

About Burbio

Burbio.com is the industry leader in aggregating school, government, library and community event information for delivery over mobile, web, video, email and voice. Burbio’s technology organizes and streams millions of hyper-local events and keeps them automatically updated   Burbio works with digital media companies, local broadcasters, real estate firms, Smart City partners such as governments and  libraries, national non-profits,  plus  corporate partners who use this local community event information to engage consumers and better manage and predict their business.

Contact:

Dennis Roche

President

Dennis@burbio.com

Direct: 212-729-3611

www.Burbio.com

More Than 50% of U.S. K-12 Public School Students Will Be

Going Back to School “Virtually” This Fall 

“Fully Remote” Becomes the New Normal and Reveals Continued Disruption of Public Education Due to Covid-19

Largest Districts and Urban Areas Are Most Affected; One Fourth of Students Attending School Every Day 

August 11th, 2020 –  More than 50% of US K-12 public school students will be attending school remotely to start the school year, according to a comprehensive, ongoing survey conducted by Burbio.com, a data service that aggregates school and community calendars nationwide.  Specifically, 52% of students are projected to be learning online to start the year, 44% will be attending in-person either every day or certain days of the week, and 4% of students are in school districts that haven’t finalized plans.

“We have seen a dramatic shift to online only learning in the past three weeks,” said Burbio co-founder Julie Roche.   “Large districts such as Chicago, and Sun Belt cities such as Houston and Miami along with large suburban districts such as Fairfax County Virginia were all setting plans to return with in-person learning and shifted to fully remote.”  

Burbio’s data set consists of more than 80,000 K-12 school calendars across all 50 states and is dynamically updated as events are added or changed.  For this initiative, Burbio actively monitors districts representing over 35,000 schools, including the 200 largest school districts in the U.S.  District plans are reviewed every 72 hours to identify changes.  School districts in the data set are a mix of sizes and distributed nationally in such a way to represent local decision-making across the country.   

Size of district is a big factor in the approach districts are taking.  The 200 largest districts are 66% virtual.    The survey assumes New York City, the largest school district in the country, holds in-person schooling as announced and recently approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.   

Breaking down the 44% in-person, approximately 19% of students nationally will be attending a hybrid format where students only attend certain days.  Twenty five percent will go to school daily, meaning one quarter of K-12 public school students in the country will be attending school every day to start the year.  

“We expect this situation to stay fluid for the entire academic year and we will continue to measure it,” said Roche.   “Many districts have thresholds for Covid-19 levels that could result in converting back to remote learning. Other districts are planning to revisit the ‘on-line’ decision as soon as September and could convert to in-person models.”

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About the Methodology

Margin for 2.73% at 95% confidence level.  For detailed methodology visit about.burbio.com/methodology or email dennis@burbio.com


Contact:

Dennis Roche

President

Dennis@burbio.com

Direct: 212-729-3611

www.Burbio.com

Burbio “Community Activity Index” Shows Smaller States and

Counties Re-Opening Fastest

Oregon and Rhode Island Join South Dakota, Idaho, and Utah as “most open”

Chambers and Government Sponsored Activities Opening First

June 23rd, 2020 –   As the US reopening accelerates post-lockdowns, it is less populated states and counties that are leading the way in opening up in-person community life for residents, according to Burbio.com’s Community Activity Index, which measures in-person community life across over 150,000 community groups in all 50 states. 

Burbio’s index, which is updated daily based on real-time activity,  measures community life across five areas in every county in the US:  Chambers of Commerce, government, libraries, arts and recreation, and civic and volunteer organization, scoring each county based on the level of activity and then population weighting the counties to get indices at the state and national level.   

Nationally, the index sits at 20.8, having been at zero in late May, up from 15.9 seven days ago.  The states with the highest indexes are South Dakota (50.4), Rhode Island (47.1), Idaho (45.7)  Utah (41.2), and Oregon (38.3)   The lowest are Kentucky (6.1), Maryland (7.7) Montana (8.3),  Hawaii (8.4) and New York (8.9).  The District of Columbia sits at zero.  

The average index of the ten lowest population states is 24.2 while the average of the ten largest population states is 18.7.  The “small versus big” trend can be seen at the county level, as well, with counties over 1MM in population having an average index of only 16.5, counties from 500,000 to 1MM averaging 19.9  and those with populations between 250,000 and 500,000 averaging 26.2.

Nationally, Chambers of Commerce have the highest activity levels of all the sub-groups, along with government activities, driven by things like street fairs, markets, and youth activities.   Libraries are the lowest “open” category; only a handful across the country having in person events as most libraries introduced “virtual” programming during the lockdown and are not reopening as quickly. 

“We expect the trend of smaller states and counties being more ‘open’ to continue over the course of the summer as these tend to be areas where the COVID-19 had less impact,” said Burbio co-founder Julie Roche. “That said, larger metro areas are starting to open up so we should see the gap narrow.”   

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Contact:

Dennis Roche

President

Dennis@burbio.com

Direct: 212-729-3611

www.Burbio.com

Burbio Announces “Community Activity Index” to

Measure Local Life Post-COVID-19 Lockdowns

South Dakota and Utah are Highest State Indexes

Counties in Texas, South Carolina and Wisconsin most “open”

“Zeros”  for NYC, LA, Chicago

June 10th, 2020 Burbio.com, the  industry leader in aggregating community event information for digital media, consumers and civic partners, today announced the launch of a Community Activity Index that measures in-person community event activity as the country emerges from the COVID-19 lockdowns.

“As stay-at-home orders took hold across the US, in-person activity for local government, non-profit and community groups came to a halt along with things like going to restaurants and movie theaters,” said Julie Roche, Burbio co-founder. “Many groups moved to virtual offerings, but now we are seeing the re-emergence of traditional community activities.”

Burbio’s technology reads source sites for over 150,000 school, government, library, art, volunteer, and civic organizations from all 50 states.  For the Community Activity Index, Burbio measures library, government, chamber of commerce, arts & recreation, and civic & volunteer groups at the county level and calculates an index on a 0-100 scale based on the level of groups having live events.  The county-level indices are population weighted to create state and national level indices.  All indices are updated daily based on live events being announced. 

Burbio’s national index was zero as of Memorial Day as only a handful of local Chambers and scattered community organizations were active.   Since then the index has grown to 11.4% and is growing daily. Chambers and government sponsored recreation programs for children have been the fastest growing categories, and life has emerged fastest in less populated areas of the country. 

States with the highest overall index are South Dakota (46.7), Utah (30.3) and Idaho (27.3).  At the county level, Kendall and Comal County, TX, are tied with blocks of counties in Wisconsin, South Carolina and South Dakota as the most “active” in the country.     

As expected, the lowest scores for community life – zero – are concentrated in regions hit hardest by the virus and/or with the strictest lockdowns.  In addition to NYC, Cook County (Chicago), LA County, San Francisco County, and King County (Seattle) are at zero, as well as many of their surrounding suburban counties.    

“These numbers are a measure of community health,” said Roche.  “Engaging with these institutions is the way residents support their communities and socialize with neighbors.  They act as a source of mental and physical well being for everyone from children to senior citizens, and are a source of economic vitality.”

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Contact:

Dennis Roche

President

Dennis@burbio.com

Direct: 212-729-3611

www.Burbio.com

Burbio Announces Virtual and Online Event Resource Featuring Community Content From Across the US

April 30, 2020 - Burbio.com, the industry leader in aggregating community event information for digital media, consumers and civic partners, today announced the launch of a virtual events resource featuring a database of tens of thousands of virtual and online programs from local community organizations across the United States.

“As stay-at-home orders took hold across the US, traditional local life as we know it came to a halt,” said Julie Roche, Burbio co-founder. “After a few days, we noticed a transformation in the way community organizations engaged and entertained residents as they introduced a wide variety of creative and engaging virtual programming.”

Burbio tracks public event information across all 50 states from over 100,000 library, arts, government, volunteer, and recreation organizations - plus K-12 schools - automatically updating for changes and additions. The Burbio.com website and mobile app allow consumers to follow important local calendars, sync personal calendars, and receive updates via email about changes and upcoming activities. Burbio also delivers content to digital media and civic partners to keep residents informed.

With this new feature, Burbio.com users can search for online events from groups in their towns or nationwide, by interest, as well as events running at a specific time or always available. Programming is wide ranging, from virtual tours of national parks, foreign countries, and monuments, to exercise and meditation, foreign language instruction, art history, book club discussions, open mic nights, story times, zookeeper discussions, children story times, and music and singalong events led by local performers.  

“It was both fun and inspiring to see all the energy and innovation that went into all this great programming appearing – much of it literally overnight,” said Roche. “We fully expect in-person community life to resume in the coming weeks and months, but we also think that many of the great innovations around remote programming that have been developed will continue long after this crisis has past.”

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Example Virtual & Online Programing

ONLINE: Family Trivia

Zoom to the Moon Live Virtual Story Time!

ONLINE Community Service: Teen Tech Time

Virtual Diving 101 at the St. Louis Aquarium

18 & Under VIRTUAL Open Mic Nite!

Virtual Tour of The White House: Touring 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

Virtual Tour of the Statute of Liberty

Virtual tour: Raft or Hike through the Grand Canyon

Bring The Zoo To You Facebook Live Chats at 11am CDT

Family Bedtime Stories on Facebook Live

Tornado in a Glass: Facebook LIVE

Mr. John's Music for Kids Via Facebook Live

Home Safari Facebook Lives

Genealogy Chat via Facebook Live

Facebook Live Streaming Wellness Programming

Westborough Virtual Friday Dance Party - Facebook Live

Virtual Storytime

Duct Tape Flowers: Virtual DIY with Sara!

Virtual Party for the Planet

Virtual Zoo Visit: Snowy Owls

Virtual Aquarium Visits

Virtual Keeper Chat - Tawny Frogmouth

Virtual Zookeeper Chat - Tigers!

Virtual PurpleStride Los Angeles 2020

Virtual Diving 101 at the St. Louis Aquarium

Make Art Virtual

Virtual Town Hall with the Mayor

Virtual Gentle Chair Yoga With Keith Beasley

Virtual Lightroom Workshop and Oil Painting Class

Fantastic Fungi Day- Virtual Screening and Q&A with Director

Virtual Books Before Bedtime

Virtual tbd: First Thursday Art Gallery Hop

Assyrian American Virtual Interview Project

Spring Virtual Farmers Market

Virtual Live Yoga (for Kids)

Virtual Museum Trips: MET & MoMA

360 Degree Virtual Tour of the 338 acres of Gettysburg

Virtual Dance Party with DJ Joe

Tour Seaworld and all the attractions virtually from home

Go anywhere in the world: Virtual tours of the whole planet!

Virtually Explore the grounds & exhibits of The National Museum of The United States Air Force

Take a Virtual Tour of Legoland Florida!

Virtual Exploration of The Boston Children's Museum

Virtual Reality Tour of Mars: Discover the surface

Virtual Tours: Fort Yellow Stone, Fountain Paint Pot, Yellowstone Grand Canyon, Yellowstone in 3D and more!

Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo: 4 Virtual exhibits

Virtual Tour: Explore NASA Research Center

Virtual Bingo

From Lost to Loved Virtual Run

Virtual Legal Clinic - Register

Virtual Music at Midvale

Women of Worth Virtual Soiree

Pawlet Public Library Virtual Play Group

Jaffrey's Got Talent- Virtual Talent Show

BPZoo to You: Virtual Keeper Chats

Virtual Yoga For Hope

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Virtual Book Discussion

Virtual Women's Discussion Group: Get Through This Together

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation w/ Nancy Martin

Virtual Meet the FlexTech Staff Q and A

18 & Under VIRTUAL Open Mic Nite!

Bear2Bear Benefit & Bash (Gone Virtual)

A Beautiful Day Tomorrow Virtual Screening

Consignor 101/Tagging 101 Virtual Facebook Party

Virtual-Read to a Dog - Chance (golden mix)

Virtual STAR WALK & ROLL Family Fundraiser

Virtual Book Club - Nonfiction

Virtual Book Club - Fiction

CCYP Virtual Connect + Chat: Mindfulness in an Ever-Changing World

VIRTUAL: 3 Ways to Decorate Your Space with Stuff You Already Have

Coffee & Conversations: Virtual Meetings & Working Remotely

Virtual Book Club: Where the Crawdads Sing

Recycled Fashion Craft & Contest (Online Streaming)

Animals with Alex: Feeding time (Online Streaming)

ONLINE Music, Movies & More Trivia (Comsewogue)

Romance on the Rocks Online Book Club (via Skype)

Virtual LEGO Challenge

Free VIRTUAL Legal Self-Help Clinic

VIRTUAL Job Seekers Session: Kick Start Your Job Search

Women in Business Roundtable - Virtual Happy Hour

Virtual Crochet Club

CCCO Virtual Concert Hall: Haydn & Vaughan Williams

Virtual Music Matinee With Bob Hiltunen

Virtual Event--Tadpole Time: April Showers

VIRTUAL- American Red Cross Volunteer Orientation

YMCA Virtual Youth Sports Connection

Virtual Rock the 2020 Census Party!

2020 Aspen Shortsfest - Virtual Version

Virtual-Read to a Dog - Beesly & Lucy

YMCA Virtual Swim Lessons Connection

YMCA Group Exercise & Wellness Virtual Connection

VIRTUAL: Thursday Connection Group

Virtual Walk MS: Marietta

Children’s Homeschool: Virtual Reality Fun!

Chemistry Virtual Information Session

Physics Program Virtual Information Session

Facebook Fables (Virtual Storytime)

12th Annual Formula for Life Virtual run/walk

Virtual Daffodil Run for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Virtual Comfort Foods Dinner via Zoom

A Very Virtual! Caffeinated Open Mic

Virtual Screening of Space Jam

Mom & Me Virtual Reali-Tea

Virtual tbd: First Thursday Art Gallery Hop

Neighbors Link Virtual Spring Benefit

YMCA Virtual Book Club

Virtual Tour of Chittenango

Sipping Liquor in the Somerset Hills - A virtual Pub Crawl

Alaska Virtual Reality Experience - 2 sessions!

Forterra (Virtual) Annual Breakfast 2020

Virtual* Beats for EATS 2020

Virtual All Ideas Pitch Contest

Nature Sounds: Spring Peepers (Virtual Program)

Virtual Poetry Open Mic

Massachusetts Virtual Academy (MAVA)

ONLINE EVENT! - Kahoot! Trivia Quiz

Photography Presentation: Max Hubacher's BrooklynOnline

Art Practice Online Circle

Book to Art Club Online (via Skype)

Online Spring Minecraft Club

Online Storytime: Grimm's fairy tales

Personalized/Online Shopping for Mothers Day Please Go Away!

Planning Your Vacation Online

Online Spring Break Zoo Camp - 'Abnormally Normal' Edition -

Amazing Amphibians

Online Zoo School

Zoo EDventures Online Series - Facebook Live

Online Academy | Coral Reefs & Conservation

Online Academy | Friends in the Sea

Book Discussion - So Lucky: a Novel Remote-only, online Growing

Great People: Training Skills for Dairy Farmers

Online Peep Diorama Contest ages 6 and up

Online Finanacial Seminar

Zoom Back Camera: Online Film Discussions

Hubbard Hall Online!

Animal Spotlight: TNC Staff Pets (Online Streaming)

Nature Trivia (Online Streaming)

Online Nutrition: Importance of Nutrition During Isolation

ONLINE - Bulldog Book Time

Online Introduction to the Biomimicry Design Challenge

Online Girl Scout Badge Workshop: Bugs for Brownies

ONLINE - Great Decisions 2020 - Artificial Intelligence

Call for Kid Artists! Anton Online Art Exhibit

Janet's Planet Online Astronaut Academy

Live* Online STEM Workshops with the Long Island Explorium!

Storytime Online Playdate

Open Call For Artists Silent Online Auction

Online Power Play for Adults!

ONLINE? - Magicians' Club

Jackbox Party Pack Games - Online!

FLGIC Basics: Online Graphic Design Software

Zoom Back Camera: Online Film Discussions

Camouflage Lesson (Online Streaming)

Nature Storytime (Online Streaming)

Online: Art & AI

Contact:

Dennis Roche

President

Dennis@burbio.com

Direct: 212-729-3611

www.Burbio.com

Tightrope and Burbio will provide automatically-updated information to multi-platform community media channels

March 9, 2020 – Tightrope Media Systems, developer of web-centric channel automation systems for community media organizations, has forged a new partnership with Burbio, a digital platform that aggregates community event data from public sector organizations across the United States. Integration between Tightrope’s Cablecast Community Media platform and Burbio’s zip code-level event database enables Cablecast customers to pull in hyper-local and automatically-updated calendar information for display in their broadcast and online bulletin boards.

The two companies will highlight their collaboration at the upcoming NAB Show 2020 , taking place April 19 to 22 in Las Vegas. The Cablecast team will host attendees in Hospitality Suite 739 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, while Burbio will exhibit in the SPROCKIT startup hub in the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  

“The role of community media centers has evolved beyond their cable channels, becoming an essential communications vehicle for local residents,” said Michelle Alimoradi, marketing manager at Cablecast Community Media. “We are always looking for new opportunities to support our customers’ missions to keep their audiences informed and enhance their value to their communities. The ability for stations that subscribe to Burbio to bring its aggregated data into the Cablecast platform will provide significant time savings for our customers while helping cement them as the go-to resource for hyper-local event information.”

The combination of Cablecast and Burbio lets media centers leverage this unified data to better inform their communities. Users can set parameters within the Cablecast CG or Carousel user interface to specify Burbio sources for each bulletin, and how many days or weeks of events to include – for example, pulling in a rolling seven days of school district events. The resulting bulletins are dynamically updated as Burbio refreshes its data.  

“Local event data can be very difficult for local media to compile on their own, often relying on sources to submit their own events into calendars that may be incomplete, repetitive and time-consuming,” said Roche. “The Burbio platform was designed to overcome this challenge, and we’re thrilled to work with the like-minded team at Cablecast who are similarly focused on serving the needs of community media centers.”

Massachusetts-based Billerica Access Television (BATV) is one of the first community media centers to implement the Cablecast-Burbio combination. “Residents have commented on how great it is that we’re now listing more town events on our bulletin board,” said Kayla Creamer, programming coordinator at BATV. “This is another great service that can benefit our community, particularly those without easy access to a computer to check the town’s calendar online.”

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Contact:

Dennis Roche

President

Dennis@burbio.com

Direct: 212-729-3611

Contact:

Michael M. Shapiro

CEO and Publisher

mshapiro@tapinto.net

Direct: 908-370-1158

TAPinto, Burbio Announce Content Partnership for Local Government Meeting and Event Information

March 5, 2020 – TAPinto.net, a network of more than 80 franchised online local news sites across New Jersey, New York and Florida, and Burbio.com, an industry leader in aggregating community event information for media services, today announced a new partnership that will further TAPinto’s mission to provide objective and independent local news and community information to readers. TAPinto will integrate Burbio content to provide local government and community event information on TAPinto’s local news sites. 

"TAPinto is excited to partner with Burbio to provide this new cutting-edge events service for our network of more than 80 local news site owner/publishers," said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. "More importantly, thanks to our collaboration with Burbio, our millions of readers will now be able to quickly and effortlessly know when their local government meetings will be taking place and can become more engaged and involved in the civic process on the local level.”

Burbio’s technology reads source sites and automatically updates when events are added or changed. “TAPinto is a perfect partner for Burbio given their commitment to local news and information,” said Burbio CEO Julie Roche. “Burbio’s mission is to bring local civic event communication into the digital age,” continued Roche.

As part of the integration, local TAPinto publishers can easily select government events from their publisher dashboard that automatically appear in the sites’ online events calendar. The information is combined with other local non-profit and business events managed by TAPinto owner/publishers. 

“An important element for the future of local media is to find low cost ways to distribute critical information to the public,” added Shapiro. “This partnership is a great example of that.”

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Contact:

Dennis Roche

President

Dennis@burbio.com

Direct: 212-729-3611

www.Burbio.com

Burbio Announces National Public School Calendar Roll Out

Launch of 80,000+ schools across all 50 states, allowing for easy access by parents seeking an easy way to stay informed

August, 2019 – Burbio.com, the industry leader in aggregating school, government, library and non-profit event information, today announced the national rollout of school calendar information from over 80,000 public schools across all 50 US states. The information is available immediately through Burbio’s free website, iOS and Android Apps and Alexa Skill for residents to follow their local school events, sync events to their calendar, get personalized emails and be notified when events change.

In addition to residents accessing content through Burbio’s website and apps, Burbio’s content is available to media partners through custom publishing tools and Burbio’s API. 

 “This is an exciting milestone for Burbio,” said Burbio co-founder Julie Roche. “We invented Burbio to make it easier to keep track of what is going on in your community and school calendars have always been the most popular category of information on the service.”

“Burbio’s mission is to bring local event communication into the digital age,” added Roche, a mother of four who designed the service and runs the technology. “Parents are overwhelmed with number of websites, emails and apps they need to access to manage their lives. The most important information – such as when school starts, key vacation days, Back to School dates – is surprisingly stressful to find. We are excited to be the first comprehensive digital source of this information.”

Burbio’s technology reads source sites and automatically updates when events are added or changed. Burbio’s service also covers in-depth community information such as library, government, non-profits, and school sports calendars in hundreds of communities, with plans to expand nationally with in-depth information in the next year. Burbio is often promoted by governments and library ‘Smart City’ partners as a tool for resident engagement. “Our goal is to be a comprehensive source for everything for residents, for civic leaders, non-profit groups and for media companies,” added Roche.

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