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August 5, 2015

The Courier-Journal: Louisville lands part of $42M Bloomberg grant

August 5 2015 - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charitable organization has selected Louisville as one of eight cities that will receive part of a $42 million grant aimed at helping 100 midsize municipalities make better policy decisions using data and other evidence.

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August 5, 2015

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Chattanooga tapped for $42 million 'What Works Cities' efficiency initiative

August 5 2015 - Chattanooga is among the first of 100 cities to be tapped for a $42 million national initiative aimed at making public data more available and used by government in decision making. Bloomberg Philanthropies has named the Scenic City and seven others as the first communities it will add to its "What Works Cities" initiative. The initiative will send experts to Chattanooga and other participating cities to help teach government to become more effective and efficient in day-to-day operations.

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August 5, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies Press Release: Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces First Cities Selected to Join What Works Cities Initiative

August 5 2015 - Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the first cities selected to participate in What Works Cities – a $42 million initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve the lives of residents. The mayors of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Mesa, Arizona; New Orleans, Louisiana; Seattle, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma have publicly committed to enhance their use of data and evidence in order to improve services, inform local decision making and engage citizens.

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August 4 2015 - Kansas City officials have come to rely increasingly on data analysis and citizen surveys to guide their decision-making. Those stats help make better use of scarce resources, officials say. Now that strategy is getting some outside support from billionaire and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Kansas City is among eight cities chosen this week as the initial beneficiaries of the $42 million What Works Cities initiative that Bloomberg Philanthropies announced in April.

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June 22 2015 - Federal efforts to increase the use of data in performance management and evaluation may soon cross paths with a parallel effort at the city level. What Works Cities, a new $42 million, three-year initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April, will be helping 100 mid-sized cities build out their data capabilities, but its reach may extend to the federal level, too.

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June 12 2015 - In San Francisco, foodies seeking adventure (but not food poisoning) can see health inspection scores along with reviews while browsing for restaurants on Yelp.  In Louisville, Kentucky, asthma patients can sign up for “smart inhalers” to help the city map where asthma attacks are most common, discover the triggers and shift policies for cleaner air.  And in New Orleans, city residents can visit a site called BlightStatus to track blighted properties in their neighborhood and look for property code violations.

 

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June 9, 2015

Results for America Press Release: 100+ CITIES APPLY TO BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES’ “WHAT WORKS CITIES”

June 9 2015 - What Works Cities, the newest Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative designed to help mid-size cities expand their use of data and evidence, announced that more than 100 cities have already applied to participate in What Works Cities, demonstrating the strong demand from city leaders for on-the-ground support in expanding their use of data and evidence.

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May 29 2015 - "We're wired to behave as others do," says Elspeth Kirkman, a director at Behavioral Insights Team, which originated in the UK as the original "nudge unit." "On a primitive level, maybe if you didn't do what the others did you got eaten by the sabre tooth." Kirkman and her team are now coming to the United States as part of a $42 million effort by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help cities more effectively use data. 

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May-June 2015 - The Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins, established with a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, aims to assist more than 100 U.S. cities in using data to transform the way their governments operate. The Center is part of the university's 21st Century Cities Initiative that brings together city leaders and top researchers to confront the pressing needs of revitalizing cities throughout the country and abroad.

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May 20 2015 - Cities are gaining momentum as incubators for innovation. There is much excitement about the idea of cities as “laboratories of democracy.” As a result, cities can learn best practices from one another. Sharing this information can build a strong foundation to amplify and encourage experimentation.

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