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September 16, 2015

The Clarion-Ledger: Twitter chat focuses on Jackson’s open data initiative

September 16 2015 - JACKSON, Miss. - Could a data free-for-all make local government more effective?  Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber hopes the answer is yes.  In August, Jackson was one of eight cities selected for Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities Initiative. According to the Bloomberg Philanthropies website, the goal of the program is to use data analysis to improve the lives of residents.

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September 15 2016 - Kansas City was honored this summer to be named one of the nation’s first Works Works Cities, indicating a new relationship with Bloomberg Philanthropies, an organization founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.The honor recognizes Kansas City’s commitment to data-driven management. More important, the new relationship with Bloomberg Philanthropies will enrich the data-driven management arsenal already in place through the city manager’s Office of Performance Management.

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In the September 2015 issue of the What Works Cities newsletter, learn about the first eight cities to join the initiative, and check out new resources—including guidebooks on open data and performance management—from our partners.

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This document provides a selection of sample language intended to be included in any or all contracts established between a government and other parties to preserve the government’s ownership of its data.

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August 12, 2015

East Valley Tribune: Mesa gets piece of Bloomberg pie

August 12 2015 - Mesa is among the first cities in the country selected to participate in a $42 million initiative designed to help cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve the lives of residents. The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities identified mid-sized American cities for the project. The program was created in April. Mesa is one of the first eight cities which will receive on-the-ground support and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, according to a press release from the city. Between now and 2017, 93 more cities will begin participating in the program.

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August 5, 2015

The New Orleans Advocate: New Orleans selected for new experiment aimed to help cities better use data, solve urban problems

August 5 2015 - New Orleans will gain access to some top experts in data collection and analysis through a new initiative spearheaded by Bloomberg Philanthropies that aims to help municipalities use information they collect to improve the quality of life for their residents. The nonprofit selected New Orleans as one of eight initial “What Works Cities” with which it will partner over the next 18 months to provide a number of services to help them better use data to improve city services and solve urban problems.

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August 5, 2015

CNN Money: Bloomberg Philanthropies names first 8 cities in What Works Cities program

August 5 2015 - Whoever said data wasn't sexy likely didn't see $42 million attached to it. That's how much Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed to helping 100 mid-sized U.S. cities "enhance their use of data and evidence." In layman's terms, this means opening up everything from foreclosure rates and public transit performance to contract award amounts and employee headcount. The initiative, called What Works Cities, was announced in April.

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August 5 2015 - WASHINGTON - Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday announced the first eight cities it has selected to participate in a new program to improve life in America's cities. Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Kansas City, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jackson, Mississippi; Seattle and New Orleans will be the first to benefit from the What Works Cities Initiative. The project intends to spend $42 million over three years to help U.S. cities address issues like economic development, public health, crime and transportation.

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August 5 2015 - Eight cities have been selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to participate in the US $42 million initiative, What Works Cities, to enhance their data use in order to improve services, inform local decision making and engage citizens. The eight cities include Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri; and New Orleans–all mid-sized US cities–and will receive on-the-ground support and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to make government more effective. Organisers say that since the launch of the initiative in April 2015, mayors from across the US have expressed their desire for technical assistance to address local challenges using data and evidence. Within the first six weeks, 112 US cities applied. One hundred cities will be admitted to the program on a rolling basis through 2017.

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August 5 2015 - The city of Tulsa will be getting a boost in providing open data to residents through its selection for a national project, officials announced Wednesday. Tulsa has been chosen to participate in a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative to help midsize cities expand their use and access to data to improve the lives of residents, according to a news release.

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