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March 28, 2017 - On March 7, 2017, Riverside’s City Council passed an open data proclamation. The announcement formalized its commitment to an upcoming resolution to proactively release open data and provide free access to the public. Riverside, California is one of more than 50 What Works Cities working with the Sunlight Foundation to develop an open data policy. Thanks to strong support from Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, Riverside chief innovation officer Lea Deesing has improved the way data reaches Riverside’s residents by leading a team of developers and city administrative officials working side-by-side.

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March 28, 2017 - Today, Mayor Martin Heines announced that Tyler has been selected as one of 10 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities (WWC) initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. “The City of Tyler is always striving for transparency and this partnership with What Works Cities will ensure that we continue to improve how we operate, as well as become the model for what an innovative, modern city government looks like,” said City Manager Ed Broussard.

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March 28, 2017 - Today, Mayor Jenn Daniels announced that Gilbert, Arizona has been selected as one of 10 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities (WWC) initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Gilbert will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build capacity to address local issues. Gilbert will work towards strengthening resident engagement on infrastructure and economic development by developing a data inventory and a plan for prioritizing and releasing data both internally and to the public.

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March 28, 2017 - Today, Mayor Rudy Durham announced that Lewisville has been selected as one of 10 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities (WWC) initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. “The City of Lewisville is excited about the opportunity to work with world-class partners to enhance how we use data to deliver results that make residents’ lives better,” said Mayor Rudy Durham. “In addition, our goal is to create more transparency in service delivery and engage the public around the results.”

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March 28, 2017 - Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced What Works Cities Certification, a new effort which will publicly recognize the municipal governments that most effectively use data to allocate resources and improve residents’ lives. A team of national experts will assess each city’s data practices, and then award cities with a “platinum,” “gold” or “silver” certification status for achieving excellence in applying data to how they govern. Like a Good Housekeeping Seal or ENERGY STAR rating for data-driven governance, What Works Cities Certification will provide cities with a new, rigorous benchmark to assess their own practices against.

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March 28, 2017 - A mayor, whether working in a big city or a small one, sees needs every day that would benefit from the investment of public resources. With such opportunities essentially unlimited but resources quite constrained, how should a leader respond? A comprehensive answer to this question was recently presented when Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative lanched a certification program that provides much-needed clarity by identifying and endorsing clear, expert-tested indicators of the capacity to use data effectively.

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March 23, 2017 - Mayor Chris Beutler launched the Open Data website to give public better access to City data and information. "This is a new resource for the public to help them more easily find volumes of data that are on our city website," Mayor Beutler said. "It can help businesses that may find value in the data, entrepreneurs who may find creative use for the data, and civic-minded citizens who may find new and creative ways to analyze data," said Gaylor Baird The city received technical support on the website from What Works Cities, an organization helping communities enhance their data-driven management.

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March 23, 2017 - Mayor Chris Beutler today launched opendata.lincoln.ne.gov, a new website to give the public better access to City data and information on performance management. "This is a new resource for the public to help them more easily find the volumes of data that are on our City website," Mayor Beutler said. "They can use this data to more clearly understand how local government works, how City resources are used and how we arrive at important decisions. The website is loaded with information that researchers, students, developers, businesses and others can examine, download and use."

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March 23, 2017 - With the approaching annual summit of Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities (WWC) to be held in New York City beginning March 28, here are three of the unsung heroes who serve the public in cities participating in WWC who can inspire all of us to get involved and help improve our own communities.

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In the March 2017 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we’re celebrating the twelve new cities that have joined in 2017, and a successful trip to Austin, Texas, for SXSW, where we hosted panels on data-driven solutions to two pressing issues: the American housing crisis and crime.

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