Grand Rapids - What Works Cities

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Mayor Rosalynn Bliss announced that Grand Rapids has been selected as one of five new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ national What Work Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector.  Grand Rapids is the first city in Michigan to be chosen to participate in this initiative.  Grand Rapids will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build our capacity to address local issues using data and evidence.
 
“We are proud to be a What Works city, Mayor Bliss said.  “This partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies will strengthen our commitment to ensuring fair and equitable distribution of City services, resources, and assets across the community. The goal of this work is to promote community engagement and increase quality of life through additional assessment and review with our external stakeholders.”
 
Grand Rapids will improve open data practices to make municipal data more accessible and engage residents around government priorities and services. The City will work with What Works Cities partners to focus on developing an equity-based dataset inventory, open data portal and develop standards to work with our community stakeholders to leverage available datasets.

Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, What Works Cities is a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents. They're the nation’s most comprehensive philanthropic initiative helping local leaders identify and invest in what works.

Want to know more about What Works Cities? Check it out here.

Grand Rapids will improve open data practices to make municipal data more accessible and engage residents around government priorities and services. The City will work with What Works Cities partners to focus on developing an equity-based dataset inventory, an open data portal and develop standards to work with our community stakeholders to leverage datasets available. 

Grand Rapids is focused on ensuring fair and equitable distribution of city services, resources, and assets across the City with the goal of promoting engagement with our community and increasing quality of life through additional assessment and review with our external stakeholders.   

What does this mean for the City of Grand Rapids?

  • The development of  an Open Data Portal on our website – maps and datasets
  • Grand Rapids will invest in its data management and open data practices
  • Advancement by City staff to treat data as a strategic asset, leveraging it more effectively for reliable insights and more efficient service delivery
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