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December 10 2015 - Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that San José is one of 13 new cities across the country that has been selected to participate in What Works Cities – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. “I’d like to thank Bloomberg Philanthropies for their efforts to help us achieve our Smart City goals,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “In the coming months, we’ll be working closely with the Bloomberg Philanthropies team and their wide array of partners to explore ways that our city can become more efficient, reduce costs and improve services for San José residents.”

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December 10 2015 - Mayor Chris Coleman today announced that the City of Saint Paul 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 evidence in the public sector. Through the partnership, the city will have access to pro-bono consulting services from nationally recognized experts in data driven innovation.“Our participation in the ‘What Works Cities’ national initiative will have a huge impact on our continued work to improve delivery of city services to residents,” said Mayor Coleman. “Free access to nationally renowned experts in data and performance management from institutions like Harvard University will seriously boost our ongoing efforts to innovate and deliver better results to Saint Paul residents – at a better price.”

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December 10, 2015

City of Las Vegas Press Release: City of Las Vegas Selected To Participate In Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Works Cities” Initiative

December 10 2015 - Today, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman announced that the city of Las Vegas 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.

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December 10 2015 - Today Mayor Eileen Weir announced the selection of the City of Independence to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “What Works Cities” – a $42 million philanthropic effort to enhance the use of data and evidence-based decision making in the public sector. “We are pleased that Independence has been chosen among the first 21 cities nationwide to participate in this program. Utilizing technology to enhance communication with citizens and improve operational efficiency is a top priority for the City Council, and the partnership with ‘What Works Cities’ will allow us to escalate and advance the initiatives we have developed,” stated Mayor Weir.

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December 10 2015 - Independence officials have been working to make city data more accessible and usable for elected leaders and residents alike. That effort will get a boost thanks to a Bloomberg Philanthropies program. Independence is one of 13 cities named Thursday as participants in What Works Cities. It joins Kansas City, which was among the first eight participants in August.

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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 thirteen cities announced on Thursday are the second batch after an initial eight joined the consortium in August.

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December 10 2015 - Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that mayors from thirteen American cities have been selected to join What Works Cities and have publicly committed to enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision making and engage residents. 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 will receive support from world-class experts to address local issues including economic development, job creation, public safety, and affordable housing.

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December 10, 2015

KUOW.ORG: Bellevue Pledges To Bare Its Data, If Not Its Soul, Online

December 10 2015 - The city of Bellevue collects lots of data. The data comes from things like construction permits, 911 calls and business licenses. Today, it announced plans to publish more of that data online. But it’s not without risk for the city.

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December 10 2015 - Denver will become one of 100 cities in the country to partner with Bloomberg Philanthropies' "What Works Cities" program, bringing new tools for data analysis and implementation to city government. The $42 million, three-year nationwide initiative was announced earlier this year by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable arm of Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and head of Bloomberg LP, the financial data and media company.

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The Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence has created this short guide to help governments understand the practices of internal and external benchmarking.

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