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Post Date:11/02/2017 2:15 PM

Chula Vista 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. Chula Vista will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build its capacity to address local issues using data and evidence. As the second largest city in San Diego County, Chula Vista is committed to ensuring more public access to key public safety data and increasing transparency with our residents and communities.

Chula Vista’s selection, along with that of Athens, GA; Colorado Springs, CO; Gainesville, FL; and Palmdale, CA, was announced today by What Works Cities and Results for America, one of the initiative’s five partner organizations. 

“Moving the needle on city challenges requires knowing what to measure and how – then acting on what you find,” said Simone Brody, Executive Director of What Works Cities. “By teaching cities how to put data at the core of their decision-making, we’re equipping them with the tools to best solve local challenges and serve their communities.”

With these new participating cities, What Works Cities is now partnering with 95 cities across the country that are home to more than 29 million people in 37 states and have annual budgets exceeding $98 billion. The initiative will partner with 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2018.

“This partnership is a great opportunity to continue to improve transparency, build trust, and engage community members around public safety,” said Mayor Casillas Salas. “We are making public safety data more readily available for our residents and our staff.”

With support from a consortium of expert partners, What Works Cities are identifying more effective ways to evaluate programs and improve performance; best use resources to serve their communities; and address a range of social challenges – from public safety to affordable housing. What Works Cities participants also join the

initiative’s extensive learning network of local leaders and global experts actively sharing best practices for outcomes-focused government.

Chula Vista will improve open data practices to make municipal data more accessible and engage residents around key priorities and services. This effort will also set the foundation for future data driven performance management programs and strengthen accountability.

The consortium of expert organizations assembled by Bloomberg Philanthropies to deliver support to cities comprises 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.

The five new cities join the following 90 cities partnering with What Works Cities: Albuquerque, NM; Anchorage, AK; Arlington, TX; Augusta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Boise, ID; Boulder, CO; Buffalo, NY; Bellevue, WA; Boston, MA; Cambridge, MA; Cape Coral, FL; Cary, NC; Charleston, SC; Chattanooga, TN; Charlotte, NC; Corona, CA; Denton, TX; Denver, CO; Des Moines, IA; Downey, CA; Durham, NC; Fargo, ND; Fayetteville, NC; Fort Collins, CO; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Fort Worth, TX; Gilbert, AZ; Glendale, AZ; Greensboro, NC; Gresham, OR; Hartford, CT; Hayward, CA; Independence, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Jackson, MS; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; Knoxville, TN; Laredo, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Lewisville, TX; Lexington, KY; Lincoln, NE; Little Rock, AR; Louisville, KY; Madison, WI; Memphis, TN; Mesa, AZ; Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Modesto, CA; Naperville, IL; Nashville, TN; New Haven, CT; New Orleans, LA; Norfolk, VA; Oklahoma City, OK; Olathe, KS; Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; Providence, RI; Raleigh, NC; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Riverside, CA; Salinas, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; Scottsdale, AZ; Saint Paul, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; South Bend, IN; Syracuse, NY; Tacoma, WA; Tempe, AZ; Topeka, KS; Tulsa, OK; Tyler, TX; Victorville, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; Waco, TX; Washington, DC; West Palm Beach, FL; Wichita, KS; and Winston-Salem, NC.

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