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June 27, 2017 - Working in the Office of Innovation and Performance, Bruce helped launch online sites that offer both citizens and staffers a view into the city’s performance and budget, along with a growing catalog of datasets. Jackson was one of the first municipalities included in Bloomberg’s What Works Cities program, and in the past few years, Jackson has transformed from a city where data was not part of the conversation, to one where data drives the conversation.

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June 26, 2017 - In a speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Annual Meeting in Miami Monday, Bloomberg announced the program, called the American Cities Initiative, as a way to "move the needle on the issues that matter to citizens and America’s future." Outside of funding for projects under mayoral leadership, the program will also support — within the next three years — community- and entrepreneur-led programs, and help drive new policy and legislation. The efforts follow past efforts of Bloomberg's, like the What Works Cities program, to support local government agendas, and more recently, to upend controversial policy from the Trump administration.

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June 23, 2017 - Bruce Moore, Little Rock’s city manager said that while the program here is still young – the City joined What Works Cities in March 2016 – he’s excited about what it means for the City’s future. “During our engagement with the WWC partners such as the Sunlight Foundation, we became the first city in Arkansas to pass an Open Data Policy. This is huge, because it shows the city’s commitment to release the city’s data in a proactive way and use it to inform our decisions on where we put resources,” Moore said.

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June 23, 2017 - The City of Little Rock has been recognized as a leader in the What Works Cities (WWC) program that’s helping transform municipalities around the country into “smart” cities that use a variety of technology and data analytics to make systems more efficient and improve the overall quality of life for residents. In a report from WWC released at the organization’s two-year anniversary, Little Rock was touted for being among those cities working with WWC’s Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) to use data to help inform recruitment messages for police departments.

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June 22, 2017 - What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative that pairs government agencies and mayors’ offices with university and nonprofit partners in the service of innovation, has compiled a 16-page report about the ways that local governments are changing lives. The report, dubbed What Works Cities, How Local Governments Are Changing Lives, showcases the progress that stakeholders have made working toward the initiative's stated goal of ultimately helping residents thrive and reach their full potentials.

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June 20, 2017 - 200 cities recently expressed interest in being certified by What Works Cities in the use of data and evidence to increase government effectiveness. 400 local government leaders from 90 cities met recently at a summit on performance and innovation to share promising practices in seven key areas required for a city to be high performing and ‘Equipt to Innovate’. What do these things have in common? They represent the bright spot in America today: our cities. Particularly promising is the innovation happening at the intersection of cities, universities, data and technology.

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June 19, 2017 - Today, Birmingham, Alabama Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. launched a new way for citizens interact with their government. “We challenged our staff to find new, more efficient ways to deliver information directly to the citizen, make information easily accessible and allow further transparency. This portal will allow us to meet those goals,” said Mayor William Bell. “Birmingham’s new open data policy and the launch of its open data portal are significant steps in fostering transparency, building trust with residents, and increasing community engagement,” said Simone Brody, Executive Director of What Works Cities.

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June 19, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga has been selected to participate in What Work Cities, a nationwide initiative sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. City officials plan to use what it learns from What Works Cities to enhance its data collection and analysis in Rancho Cucamonga’s westside landscape and lighting districts, then apply those improvements citywide, according to a statement on the city’s website.

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In the June 2017 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, we’re welcoming three new cities: New Haven, CT; Oklahoma City, OK; and Rancho Cucamonga, CA — bringing the total number of participating cities to 80. We're also highlighting the accomplishments of cities participating in the initiative over the past two years in the newly released "What Works Cities: How Local Governments are Changing Lives."

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June 16, 2017 - New Haven, Connecticut, Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Oklahoma City are the three latest additions to a growing group of cities supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies to identify data-driven and technology-based solutions to improve quality of life for residents. The addition of three new cities to the group's What Works Cities initiative makes for a total of 80 members since funding began in April 2015, and the organization plans to hit 100 cities by 2018. Bloomberg Philanthropies' announcement Friday coincides with the release of a new report showcasing several new initiative metrics and some of the most visible accomplishments so far.

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