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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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December 10 2015 - Lexington government payroll information and purchase orders will soon be available on the city’s open data portal. Mayor Jim Gray announced today that Lexington has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Works Cities” – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and information in the public sector. “An important part of running government efficiently is transparency,” Gray said. “The public has the right to see how their tax dollars are being spent, and we want to make it easier for citizens to track local government personnel expenses and contracts. Working with What Works Cities, we’re putting the city’s checkbook online.”

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December 10 2015 - Thirteen cities from Denton, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, are getting a hand from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make better use of data. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Thursday its latest round of “What Works Cities” selections. The $42 million program ultimately will provide 100 U.S. cities with expert help to make data publicly accessible, incorporate it better into decision-making and evaluate programs.

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December 10 2015 - Denver is embarking on a new effort to improve city services by better harnessing both data and psychology. The city announced Thursday that it’s joining a national effort to make municipal data more available and reliable both for civil servants, and the public. "It’s not so much that we need more data, it’s about turning it into information and using it in a consumable way," said Denver's Chief Performance Officer David Edinger.

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