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December 13 2015 – Bloomberg Philanthropies announced thirteen new additions to the What Works Cities initiative: Anchorage, Alaska; Bellevue, Washington; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Denton, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Independence, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lexington, Kentucky; Saint Paul, Minnesota; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; Tacoma, Washington; and Waco, Texas. These cities will work with expert partners to enhance data- and evidence-based practices, including releasing open data, managing performance, conducting low-cost evaluations, and structuring contracts to focus on results.

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December 10 2015 – We are thrilled to officially announce the addition of another 13 cities as part of the next cohort participating in the What Works Cities initiative. With today’s announcement, the program’s total reach has more than doubled and now includes 21 cities in 15 states, bringing us closer to the ambitious goal of working with 100 cities over the next three years.

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November 23 2015 – Kansas City, Mo., committed early to the idea of open data, launching its portal in 2013. When I began managing open data operations earlier this year, it was clear that the city was committed to making data available to the public to increase transparency and encourage citizen and business participation in government. As such, when Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its What Works Cities initiative to help cities make evidence-based, data-driven decisions last spring, Kansas City jumped at the chance to participate. In August, we were selected for What Works Cities, working alongside experts in the field to establish ourselves as leaders in the use of open data to achieve citywide goals and engage with the public.

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October 1, 2015

Sunlight Foundation: Why should cities have an open data policy?

October 1 2015 – At this year’s iteration of our annual open government unconference, TransparencyCamp, I had the pleasure of leading a session on the role of policy in the open data movement, and a particular question seemed to strike a chord with participants: Just how relevant and important is an open data policy to a successful open data program? What does it actually accomplish, not just symbolically, but functionally? Or, to put it more bluntly, why have an open data policy?

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September 23, 2015

Sunlight Foundation: Big data in the ‘Bold New City’ of Jackson, Miss.

September 23 2015 – In April of 2014, Mayor Tony T. Yarber was placed in the seat of leadership for Mississippi’s capital and largest city, Jackson. He did so with the intent to foster more accountability and transparency in the city’s government practices. After a little over a year in office, Yarber is making good on his promise by establishing the use of data and evidence as the status quo in his administration. From revealing his “Bold New Vision” for the city of Jackson to the signing of an executive order to create an open data policy, the mayor has committed to bringing big data to the “Bold New City.”

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September 15 2016 – Kansas City was honored this summer to be named one of the nation’s first Works Works Cities, indicating a new relationship with Bloomberg Philanthropies, an organization founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.The honor recognizes Kansas City’s commitment to data-driven management. More important, the new relationship with Bloomberg Philanthropies will enrich the data-driven management arsenal already in place through the city manager’s Office of Performance Management.

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