Jun 13 2023
Data Center

Cities Team Up to Make Data More Effective

Twenty more cities have joined the Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance.

Twenty more cities and their mayors were added in May to the Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance, StateScoop reports. The alliance, launched in July, aims to help local governments accelerate their data practices by selecting and training 100 mayors from cities in North America, Central America and South America.

According to its website, the alliance will identify 100 mayors who are “the most sophisticated, ambitious and advanced at harnessing data and help them set a new standard for local governments committed to using data to power better results for residents.”

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The alliance’s training is designed to give mayors more confidence in integrating data into daily operations, making data-driven decisions and using data to achieve city goals such as improving equity and revitalizing public programs. Mayors who join the program go through six months of classroom training known as the City Data Alliance: Accelerator, facilitated by the Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. The accelerator training is designed to help mayors create a data strategy and three-year action plan to advance a city’s use of data.

The 20 mayors newly added to the group were reportedly selected because of their demonstrated ability to use data to inform decision-making successfully. The new group includes mayors from:

  • Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Glendale, Calif.
  • Jackson, Miss.
  • Little Rock, Ark.
  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Washington, D.C.

These mayors join the alliance’s first batch of 22 members, which included mayors from Baltimore, Md.; Baton Rouge, La.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Detroit, Mich.; San Antonio, Texas; Scottsdale and Tempe, Ariz.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Rochester, Minn.

The growth of the Data Alliance is another step in state governments’ initiatives to share data. And research suggests data sharing could be a significant driver of increased benefits enrollment. StateTech recently reported that Carlsbad, Calif., has taken strides to break down silos and create a data library that would make its data centralized and accessible.

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