Bloomberg charity creates fund to help cities use data

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  • 3 years ago

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Small to midsize cities across the country could get a boost in funding for data-related initiatives thanks to a forthcoming investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charity of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Monday that it is investing $42 million to create its “What Works Cities Initiative,” aimed at helping cities with between 100,000 and 1 million residents use data to improve municipal services.  The program has several partners, including Results for America, the new Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University’s Government Performance Lab.

Helping cities invest in data-driven solutions will help them be more efficient and cut costs, the charity said.

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