2018-01-26 / News

City joins the National What Works Cities Initiative

Contributed by City of Columbia

The City of Columbia has been selected as the final city to participate in the What Works Cities initiative. What Works Cities Initiative, part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies, assists partners in using data and evidence to address local issues. The city will be utilizing the partnership to create an open data portal to specifically address repairs and improvements to the local storm water system.

Mayor Steve Benjamin says, “In alignment with our 2036 City Vision Statement, we are excited to commit to becoming a smarter city, and joining the What Works Cities Initiative will be a major component of that commitment. Our utilities and engineering department is always implementing increasingly efficient services, and we’re excited to roll out the new policies.”

“When cities know how to put data at the core of their decision-making, they’re equipped with the tools to best solve local challenges and serve their communities,” said Simone Brody, executive director of What Works Cities. Based on this initiative, Columbia will have access to a consortium of expert organizations assembled by Bloomberg Philanthropies to support our city including: the Behavioral Insights Team, the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School, Results for America, and the Sunlight Foundation. whatworkscities.org.

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