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Watch How Open Data Helps San Mateo’s Citizens
Local governments empower their citizens by sharing data online. To better serve its tech-savvy, Silicon Valley-based population, San Mateo County created a web portal and business intelligence site where taxpayers can see how their money is being invested, check progress on public development projects, research county job openings/salaries, and much more. As Open Data Community Liaison John Ridener puts it: “Translating [data] into information that people can use to improve their lives is very rewarding and something I look forward to every day.” Visit Open San Mateo County: https://data.smcgov.org/
Watch Big Data Transform a Small City: Jackson, Mississippi
In 2014, the city of Jackson, Mississippi faced a crushing budget deficit and consent decree, on top of an estimated $1 billion dollars in infrastructure development costs. Justin Bruce, Jackson's Director of Innovation & Performance, explains how the city leveraged its data to create a 20 year plan tracking the city's top needs and issues on an open data portal. In just the last year, Jackson’s data program has helped allocate over $40 million dollars for 30 infrastructure projects, while building support across city departments and with Jackson’s citizens, who voted for a tax increase to help fund these efforts. "I'm telling you, that momentum, that data, got us in the room,” says Bruce. “People don't just want to see us with our hands out -- they want to see our hands out with a plan in them.” Visit Jackson’s data portal here: https://data.jacksonms.gov/ Read more about Jackson’s platform: https://socrata.com/solutions/city-government/ Data platform provided by Socrata with city backing from What Works Cities, the Sunlight Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Results for America.