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November 20, 2018 - Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ballmer Group will collaborate on a $12 million project to help 10 communities analyze and improve economic mobility, the groups announced. The selected U.S. cities will work with advisors from Bloomberg’s What Works Cities to build on data-driven practices that measure barriers to economic progress, then develop, test and share approaches to improving economic mobility. Participants will also get access to the Opportunity Atlas, an online resource developed by Harvard University and the U.S. Census Bureau that uses census data to examine economic mobility issues.

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November 18, 2018 - The philanthropies of several of the country’s wealthiest people are teaming up to advance a data-driven approach in cities to bring economic opportunity to struggling residents. The Ballmer Group and the Gates Foundation joined Bloomberg Philanthropies to put up $12 million toward an offshoot of Bloomberg’s What Works Cities initiative, which will focus exclusively on economic mobility.

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November 15, 2018 - Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ballmer Group announced today a new $12 million project that will help communities analyze economic mobility in American cities and develop interventions that can increase residents’ economic progress. Ten American cities will work closely with a team of advisors from What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative that helps cities confront urgent challenges through data and evidence based decision-making.

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November 15, 2018 - Earlier this year, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities program created a set of criteria aimed at molding a new standard for excellence in city government. Dubbed What Works Cities Certification, they laid out the specifications and awarded tiered certification standards to nine major American cities, with five more also being recognized. They were given these certifications for 2017. Now for the first time, What Works Cities has published its certification criteria for 2018, doing so in a post on medium.

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November 15, 2018 - A trio of philanthropies — the Ballmer Group, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies — have agreed to invest $12 million in an economic mobility project designed to help cities establish approaches to solving inequality. The project will lend advisers from one of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ civic tech initiatives, What Works Cities, to ten cities facing problems with economic mobility.

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November 6, 2018 - LouieStat and changing culture. Daro Mott, the Chief of Performance Improvement for the City of Louisville, Kentucky, joined the podcast to talk about their use of data and focus on process improvement. Daro described Louisville’s particular focus on professional development and training employees to change culture. He also shared his path into local government and their work to earn the What Works Cities Certification.

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October 28, 2018 - In the October 2018 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we're highlighting an appearance from WWC Executive Director Simone Brody, WWC Senior Fellow Michael Nutter, and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh at the Bloomberg Municipal Bond Forum, WWC Director of City Solutions Clarence Wardell's presentation on scaling solutions at the Heartland Summit, and Government Performance Lab program director Hanna Azemati's feature in GOVERNING on performance-based contracting.

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October 25, 2018 - The City of Charleston is proud to announce the launch of a new online, data-driven performance management hub focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. The hub was created as part of Charleston’s participation in What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies-launched initiative that helps cities use data and evidence to tackle their most pressing challenges and improves residents’ lives.

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October 19, 2018 - Good government for the people. Jenny Reed the Director of the Office of Budget & Performance Management for the City of Washington, DC joined the podcast to talk about how they use evaluation and performance management. She shared the work of the Lab @ DC, how they want to make a more data driven budget process and their use of low cost evaluations. Jenny also shared the process of earning the What Works Cities Certification and how that process helped her office and the City improve.

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September 28, 2018 - In the September 2018 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we're highlighting WWC Senior Fellow and former Mayor of Albuquerque Richard Berry's piece in GOVERNING, WWC's inclusion in GovTech's roundup of organizations making a big impact on smart cities, Los Angeles' Kiana Taheri's inclusion as a finalist for the Route Fifty Navigator Awards, and two new resources from our partners: GovEx's Ethics & Algorithms Toolkit and the Sunlight Foundation's Open Data Policy Hub.

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