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September 12, 2018 - Former Mayor of Albuquerque and What Works Cities advisor Richard Berry reflects on Albuquerque's journey to become a digitally advanced and data-driven city.

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September 1, 2018 - For city governments, getting the most out of their digital transformations requires planning, engagement with residents and the ability to measure the impact of their investments. Several nonprofit foundations and academic centers have focused their efforts on supporting planning and development, best practice guideline creation, and cross-pollination between cities. Part of philanthropist and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Initiative, What Works Cities was launched in April 2015 to enhance the use of data and evidence-based decision-making in cities.

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For Gainesville, Florida, being a citizen-centered city is a priority. Mayor Lauren Poe and City Manager Anthony Lyons have created opportunities to collaborate with residents when developing innovations and determining how the City sets its goals. However, the City’s ability to use data to measure its progress on meeting these goals was limited. As the City began to relaunch a strategic planning process, Mayor Poe and City Manager Lyons asked What Works Cities to work alongside their team to help improve the City’s use of data and evidence to evaluate the community model priority.

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Oklahoma City leadership has remained committed to transforming the City, particularly downtown, over the last 20 years and is committed to using data and evidence to improve service delivery. However, one of the biggest challenges for leadership has been keeping up with the increased demand for services in the wake of narrowing revenue streams. Former Mayor Mick Cornett asked What Works Cities to help the City enhance its use of data and evidence and its procurement processes to ensure the best outcomes for the infrastructure projects.

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August 30, 2018 - In the August 2018 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we're highlighting Results for America's new partnership with the National League of Cities, a GOVERNING piece by WWC Certification Standard Committee Member Stephen Goldsmith on San Jose's smart city vision, and highlights from our cities' participation in #CityHallSelfieDay.

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August 28, 2018 - One of the largest advocacy groups for municipal governments in the nation has committed to helping its members enhance their use of data and evidence to solve local problems. The National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with Results for America (RFA), a lead partner within Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities, will cultivate several opportunities for local government leadership. This will include a series of workshops, called NLC University, to address foundational data practices in the local government space. The workshops ultimately allow participants to work toward What Works Cities certifications while advancing their understandings of data and evidentiary practices.

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August 24, 2018 - The National League of Cities (NLC) and Results for America (RFA) will partner on a workshop series to help local governments more effectively use data. RFA is a lead partner of the What Works Cities certification, an initiative by Bloomberg Philanthropies that helps cities use data and facts to improve residents’ lives. Through NLC University, the partnership will offer five courses to help cities build skills in data usage.

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August 24, 2018 - Using data and design to creatively solve problems. Tina Walha the Director of the Innovation & Performance team at the City of Seattle, Washington joined the podcast to talk about her team’s work. She shared her path into local government, which started with a stint in Mayor Bloomberg’s administration in New York City. Tina discussed the work of Seattle’s i-Team, how they are building on the use of data and what Seattle did to earn a What Works Cities Certification.

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August 24, 2018 - At NLC, we hear you loud and clear. For city leaders, using data matters more than ever. In short, data and technology are everything in 2018, and fundamental to how cities keep readying themselves to tackle the challenges of the future. That’s why we’ve partnered with Results for America – a lead partner of What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies-launched initiative – to offer a first-of-its-kind workshop series on foundational data practices through NLC University.

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August 23, 2018 - The National League of Cities is partnering with a Bloomberg Philanthropies group to offer cities access to data and statistics that can help with targeted problem-solving and services. The series will be offered through a partnership with Results For America, a nonprofit initiative linked to What Works Cities “that helps cities use data and facts to tackle their most pressing challenges and improve residents’ lives,” according to a news release.

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