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December 10 2015 - Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced that Denver has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Work Cities,” one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Launched in April 2015, the $42 million initiative is already providing support to City Halls in eight cities and will admit up to 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2017. “In Denver, we like to meet residents where they are when it comes to service delivery. By transforming city government to make data-based decisions we can help them live high quality lives. Our 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,” Mayor Hancock said.

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December 10 2015 - Today, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that Anchorage has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Work Cities” - one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Launched in April 2015, the initiative is already providing support to eight cities and will admit up to 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2017. “Better data translates to better management. Accessible data builds transparency and enables the public to solve problems, creating opportunities,” stated Mayor Berkowitz.

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December 10 2015 - The national What Works Cities program will help put the city of Waco on the cutting edge of using open data to improve performance and inform the public, Mayor Malcolm Duncan Jr. said Thursday. The nonprofit program, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced Tuesday that Waco and 12 other mid-sized cities will receive free expert consulting for enhancing data- driven government.

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December 10 2015 - The city of Bellevue will get technical support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies “What Works Cities” program to enhance the use of data in city business and public engagement. Bellevue is one of 100 cities across the country, including Seattle and Tacoma, to be selected for the $42 million initiative, which will help local governments review their current use of data, identify best practices and target areas for improvement.

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December 10, 2015

KWBU.ORG: City to Work with National Initiative to Improve Open Data Access

December 10 2015 - Today city officials announced that Waco was selected to participate in a nationwide initiative that aids city halls with data use to make local government more effective. Bloomberg philanthropies launched the What Works Cities program earlier this year. The $42-million initiative provides support to now 21 mid-sized American cities in 15 different states, and will admit up to 100 on a rolling basis until 2017.

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December 10 2015 - Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci announced plans for the city to post large quantities of city information online. "It will just make data more easily available to the public to know what's going on in the city," said Balducci. The city of Bellevue was selected to be a part of the "What Works Cities" initiative, by Bloomberg Philanthropies, to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector.

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December 10, 2015 - Bloomberg Philanthropies is expanding its “What Works Cities Initiative” into 13 new localities, bringing the total to 21. The cities of 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 join the ranks of the inaugural 8.

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December 10 2015 - Today, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that Anchorage has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Work Cities” - one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Launched in April 2015, the initiative is already providing support to eight cities and will admit up to 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2017. “Better data translates to better management. Accessible data builds transparency and enables the public to solve problems, creating opportunities,” stated Mayor Berkowitz.

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December 10 2015 - Thirteen new cities will get coaching and technical assistance from national experts on public data and performance management, according to an announcement Thursday from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The initiative, “What Works Cities,” pairs mayors’ offices with nonprofits and university partners. Bloomberg Philanthropies, the foundation started by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has set aside $42 million over the next two years to pay organizations for the help they will provide to cities. The 13 cities announced on Thursday are the second batch after an initial eight joined the consortium in August.

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December 10 2015 - Lexington’s checkbook will soon be online. Lexington has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities data initiatives, which are aimed at helping cities use data to make more informed and transparent decisions. As part of that initiative, the city’s payroll and its purchase orders — what it’s buying — will be available online by late March through the city’s website, Lexingtonky.gov. Lexington was one of 13 cities invited to participate in the What Works Cities data initiative. The initiative will allow the city to tap Bloomberg experts to convert its data and put it online.

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