has announced the first eight municipalities selected to participate in a $42 million initiative designed to enhance U.S. cities' use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision making, and engage citizens.
Selected from more than a hundred municipalities in forty states, the cities in the first cohort of the initiative — Chattanooga, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Mesa, Arizona; New Orleans, Louisiana; Seattle, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma — will receive technical assistance and peer-to-peer learning opportunities aimed at making local government more responsive and effective. To that end, the initiative will work with the selected cities to review their current use of data and evidence and, in collaboration with expert partners, design a customized approach to a variety of local issues, including economic development and job creation, public health, and social services. A hundred cities will be selected to participate in the initiative on a rolling basis through 2017.
"Making better use of data is one of the best opportunities cities have to solve problems and deliver better results for their citizens," said Bloomberg Philanthropies founder and former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "The first group of cities in the What Works Cities program represent the range of local leaders across the country who are committed to using data and evidence to improve people's everyday lives."