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OpenGov Budget Builder Goes Live in Jackson County, Georgia

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Counties small and large in Texas, Maryland and Indiana choose OpenGov Budget Builder for a modern and open approach to public finance, company announces 20 other local governments have signed up for new platform  

REDWOOD CITY, Calif – OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting and open data, announced today that its new OpenGov Budget BuilderTM solution is fully implemented at the Water and Sewerage Authority of Jackson County, Georgia. OpenGov Budget Builder is a first-of-its-kind online product designed to streamline the budgeting process for governments of all sizes, and to replace the legacy of complicated and antiquated Excel spreadsheets. OpenGov also announced today that more than 20 other local governments including Harford County, Maryland; Long Beach, New York; and Culpeper, VA are actively rolling out OpenGov Budget Builder for their upcoming budget cycles.

Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority joins the City of Burnet, Texas, and Greenwood, Indiana as an early adopter of Budget Builder. With populations that range from 6,000 to nearly 250,000 citizens, these agencies demonstrate that Budget Builder can help cities and counties of any size make the budgeting process easier, faster and more collaborative across different departments.

“OpenGov has completely transformed our agency’s budget process,” said Judy Smith, the Finance Director for Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority, which serves approximately 8,100 residents. “By seamlessly compiling data from previous years, ensuring collaboration across departments and letting us quickly share key information with stakeholders, Budget Builder has allowed us to focus our time and energy on serving our residents instead of agonizing over the budget.”

Prior to implementing Budget Builder, administrators in both Jackson County and the City of Burnet faced massive technology barriers when they tried to collaborate. Budget teams were forced to spend thousands of hours reconciling dozens of Excel spreadsheets, exchanging email-based proposals, and performing clerical work instead of evaluating proposals and planning proactively.

“Smart budgeting is critical to the efficiency and efficacy of local government,” said OpenGov CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman. “As more and more agencies, cities and counties across the country look to implement OpenGov’s Budget Builder and our other tools, it is clear that the public sector is enthusiastically embracing the power of technology. Our offerings provide governments of all sizes with real-time access to accurate financial data to increase transparency, enhance integrity, encourage cooperation and save valuable time and resources.”

“Harford County, Maryland was in search of a product to streamline what is currently a cumbersome and antiquated budget process. We were thrilled when OpenGov introduced their Budget Builder cloud solution,” said Harford County’s Chief of Budget Kim Spence. “We look forward to working with the OpenGov team to modernize our budget preparation process so that we can continue to serve our citizens in the most efficient and comprehensive way possible!”

Budget Builder – which integrates with OpenGov’s suite of other tools – helps these governments dramatically simplify the budgeting process. Agencies access a single online platform to prepare budgets, report on spending against budgets, analyze other performance metrics, and keep elected officials and citizens better informed about how tax dollars are being spent. Budget Builder empowers administrators in Burnet, Texas to plan out the city’s $28.5 million budget, monitor spending and track investments and debts.

“Budget season has always been an ordeal. I worked late every night for months, and came in on weekends,” said Burnet’s Budget Director Connie Maxwell. “OpenGov has changed our entire process, giving me time to focus on the big issues affecting Burnet. Gone are the days of digging around through spreadsheets and enduring lengthy proposal submission cycles.”

Maxwell adds that the tool has allowed her to cut the time spent on the budget’s clerical work in half.  

About OpenGov

OpenGov’s Smart Government Platform is the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data. Used by over 1,300 public agencies in the rapidly growing OpenGov Network™, OpenGov’s industry-leading technology streamlines the budget process, improves outcomes, and builds trust with the public. Founded in 2012 with headquarters in Silicon Valley, OpenGov works with leading governments of all sizes including the State Treasurer of Ohio, Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by leading investors including Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital.  Learn more at www.opengov.com.

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Announcing the Best of OpenGov Award Recipients!

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It’s that time of year. Prepare for an avalanche of awards and trends as people across industries prepare for 2017. The Best of OpenGov Award, however, is unique. It recognizes local governments that have gone above and beyond to innovate and improve government operations. Better government operations produce better outcomes for citizens, which in turn builds public trust.

We are excited to announce the winners:

Internal Reporting

OpenGov for management reporting helps public agencies streamline their operations. From tracking departmental spending against the budget to monitoring 311 requests, governments use OpenGov to execute on key strategic goals. This year, our winners are:

First Place: Capitola, CA

Runner Up: Rosehill, KS

Transparency and Open Data

Citizens expect their governments to provide easy, intuitive access to financial and performance information. These governments have gone above and beyond in their OpenGov portals. From robust Saved Views to active promotion, these agencies show their dedication to open government. We’re proud to work with them:

First Place: Menlo Park City School District, CA

Runner Up: Capitola, CA

Click here to see Menlo Park City School District’s Transparency Portal and click here to see Capitola’s portal.

Unique Use Cases

Many governments go above and beyond with their OpenGov sites. We’re excited to announce the winners for unique OpenGov use cases:

First Place: St. Petersburg, FL

Use Case: Annual Debt Schedules Report- Finance uses the report throughout the year to download the most recent annual debt schedule to perform analysis when issuing new debt, review budget transfer appropriations needed, create ad hoc reports for City Council, and provide auditors with annual debt service schedules.

Runner Up: Edgewood, KY

Use Case: Stealth Speed Survey – This report is used by Police Officers, the City Administrator, elected officials, and citizens. When residents complain about speeding on a street, the city collects this data to determine if the complaint is valid and supported by actual data. Edgewood also uses this data internally to assign extra traffic controls to Police Officers.

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OpenGov’s New Open Data Solution Is Up And Running in Denton, Texas

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At the Code for America Summit, OpenGov announces Dallas-Fort Worth suburb as first customer to implement company’s new OpenGov Open Data tool

OAKLAND, Calif – At the 2016 Code for America Summit, OpenGov, the world’s first complete cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting and open data, announced Denton, Texas as the first city in the country to fully implement the OpenGov Open Data solution. Integrated with OpenGov’s other offerings, OpenGov Open Data is allowing Denton to increase public trust, facilitate civic action, and embrace the future of the smart government.

“It’s vital to our community and to the growth of Denton that anyone can easily access government information to enable civic developers and lay-users alike to gain value from public data,” said Justin Mercier, data system architect for the City of Denton. “The new open data platform works seamlessly, whether you want to run a hackathon or run a business, the data is easily usable and allows us to get vital city information quickly and efficiently.”

In addition to Denton, a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb with a population just over 100,000, several other cities and states across the country are looking to OpenGov Open Data to bring greater collaboration, transparency and innovation to governance. The tool is designed to work for governments of all sizes, and these additional governments – both big and small – will be implementing the solution in the coming months.

“Open access to government information is critical to the health of our states, cities and towns,” said OpenGov CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman. “Data is a foundation on which to build stronger and more sustainable governments. Leveraging OpenGov’s many tools, including Open Data, Denton and other cities can better understand trends, coordinate budgets, empower their citizens, and present a holistic view of the state of the city.”

Denton had previously released its data in PDFs and other formats that were hard to read and repurpose. As a result, the city’s tech community could not build applications; residents could not easily access a central location to search for data; and potential businesses could not quickly assess Denton’s economic condition The Open Data tool builds trust and shows elected officials and citizens how government agencies are performing in real-time. Open Data can also empower journalists with instant access to the data they need to tell accurate stories.

Working with OpenGov’s open data experts, Denton has uploaded numerous datasets that span a wide array of metrics to its data portal. Today, the city empowers residents and businesses with 71 machine-readable datasets, that range from the city’s demographic indicators to its upcoming building projects.

OpenGov Open Data is powered by CKAN, the industry open source standard for open data used by the federal government, the European Union, and hundreds of other agencies around the world. Earlier this year, OpenGov acquired Ontodia, the leading provider of open data and performance management solutions using CKAN, which allows governments of all sizes including cities like Denton to use OpenGov to connect budget and performance data with Census data, FBI crime data, and financial data from over 3,000 counties and 36,000 cities. In other words, it simplifies the ability to collaborate with other governments and agencies.

“Denton is leading the way in embracing the power of technology to improve our cities,” said Bookman. “We look forward to working with more cities across the country to make governments more transparent, accessible, and efficient through our toolkit of invaluable solutions.”

About OpenGov

OpenGov’s Smart Government Platform is the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data. Used by over 1,200 public agencies in the rapidly growing OpenGov Network™, OpenGov’s industry-leading technology streamlines the budget process, improves outcomes, and builds trust with the public. Founded in 2012 with headquarters in Silicon Valley, OpenGov works with leading governments of all sizes including the State Treasurer of Ohio, Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by leading investors including Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital.  Learn more at www.opengov.com.

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Contact: Brian Purchia, 202-253-4330, pr@opengov.com

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OpenGov Streamlines Budgeting Process for Local Governments with Launch of Budget Builder

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Government leaders report time savings of over 50% during their budget cycles, reduced errors, and broader participation using OpenGov’s new Budget Builder software

REDWOOD CITY, Calif – September 14, 2016 – OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data, today announced OpenGov Budget Builder – a smart, streamlined solution that transforms how governments complete their critical annual budget cycle each fiscal year. Governments can now use one platform to prepare the budget, report on spending against the budget, analyze other performance metrics, and broadly inform elected officials and citizens – enabling data-driven decision-making and improved outcomes for the public.

The budget touches communities’ most pressing issues. It allocates public money among competing priorities such as public safety, infrastructure reinvestment, and libraries. This process should run as efficiently and transparently as possible, aligning the current budget with the government’s long-term strategic plan. However, before OpenGov Budget Builder, technological barriers limited collaboration and forced budget teams to spend thousands of hours reconciling dozens of Excel spreadsheets, exchanging email-based proposals, and performing clerical work instead of evaluating proposals, planning proactively, and exploring alternative solutions.

OpenGov Budget Builder solves these problems.

“Budget season has always been an ordeal – I worked late every night, plus through weekends. OpenGov has changed this entire process, giving me back my life and opening up enough time for me to focus on other priorities for the city,” said Connie Maxwell, Budget Director in Burnet, Texas. “Gone are the days of digging around in spreadsheets and enduring lengthy proposal submission cycles. OpenGov has streamlined much of the clerical work involved in budgeting, and I could not be more grateful.”

With Budget Builder, governments of any size can:

  • Collaborate across the organization: Instead of sending dozens of spreadsheets back and forth, departmental budget teams can submit proposals and supporting documents into a central online system. Budget managers and analysts can then approve, comment on, or reject proposals. Managing the entire budget process on a secure, multi-user system reduces errors and enables all budget team members and stakeholders to stay in sync.
  • Save analysts and managers hundreds of hours: By eliminating the need to constantly reconcile dozens of spreadsheets in Excel, scour printed documents, and comb through email chains, Budget Builder lets budget teams and analysts spend their time focusing on crafting a budget that delivers the best services to citizens.
  • Integrate with reporting and open data: Budget teams can create interactive Budget Milestones reports to update elected officials and other stakeholders across the organization. After elected officials adopt a budget, governments can report on performance against the budget, manage budget amendments, and share results with citizens.

“The budget is the heart of the enterprise and money is policy. We’re excited to transform how governments do their most critical work,” explains OpenGov’s CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman, “With OpenGov, public agencies can deliver better outcomes through improved budgeting, accurate reporting, data-driven decisions, and clearer communication.”

OpenGov is creating the world’s first Smart Government Platform––the complete cloud solution for budgeting, reporting, and open data. With seamless integration into governments’ existing financial systems, OpenGov gives public agencies immediate insights from their data and maximizes the investment they’ve made in their existing financial systems.

State and local governments across the country are joining the OpenGov Network at a rapid pace; more than 1,200 governments now use the platform including recent launches in San Antonio, Santa Fe, and Washington, DC. Additionally, OpenGov has analyzed more than $1 trillion in revenues and expenditures nationwide, giving these agencies new insights into their data.

About OpenGov

OpenGov’s Smart Government Platform is the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data. Used by over 1,200 public agencies in the rapidly growing OpenGov Network™, OpenGov’s industry-leading technology streamlines the budget process, improves outcomes, and builds trust with the public. Founded in 2012 with headquarters in Silicon Valley, OpenGov works with leading governments of all sizes including the State Treasurer of Ohio, Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by leading investors including Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital.  Learn more at www.opengov.com.

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Finance Discussions at ICMA

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Every year, governments across the country debate whether to consolidate or merge services. Passions often flare during these debates, as many of the services directly impact citizens’ lives. Making this debate as transparent as possible is essential for success.

During this year’s annual ICMA Conference, Charlie Francis will share how he navigated a Fire Department consolidation in his city. Charlie will provide tips and tricks for governments considering their own mergers and annexations.

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Win a Chance to Issue Debt Without Issuance Fees

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Learn about a new option for municipal bond issuance and claim your chance to issue debt without issuance fees.

We’re excited to highlight a company giving the municipal bond market a much-needed upgrade. On the issuance side, Neighborly connects “issuers to members of their deal team through an origination platform for all steps involved with researching, structuring, marketing and closing a municipal bond transaction, including generation of all necessary legal documents.”

And on the investor side, Neighborly expands access to the municipal bond market. Citizens, retail investors, and institutions can purchase municipal bonds in denominations the issuer determines through the platform.

This summer, Neighborly launched the Neighborly Bond Challenge. Governments planning to issue bonds between Q4 2016 and Q4 2017 can apply to issue bonds through the platform. And it gets better – Neighborly will waive issuance fees for each of the five winners.

OpenGov helps customers issue debt through the Neighborly platform. By providing one place for users to explore and download financial information, governments save themselves and creditors alike countless hours of work during the issuance process. This is why Neighborly is saving at least one of the five slots in….. for an OpenGov customer.

We believe Neighborly will revolutionize how governments and their constituents invest in their communities. We encourage you to learn more about the Neighborly Bond Challenge.

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Make Your Mark: Data Strategists for Government

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Ready to learn about OpenGov’s Customer Success team? Read on to see how Customer Success Analysts serve on the frontlines modernizing government technology.

  • Municipal governments in Ohio use data published on OpenGov to compare vendor prices across jurisdictions and ensure they receive fair prices.
  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania gives managers current insights using OpenGov to inform planning with relevant information. For example, the county is using payroll data loaded in OpenGov to assess gender pay equity.
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin increases Council and public buy-in into its capital improvement plan to address urgent infrastructure challenges.

These benefits are not unique; over a thousand governments inform strategic planning, manage operations, and foster public trust with OpenGov. Many of our customers had software that trapped insights in departments and blocked everyone but trained analysts from gaining the insights they needed. Now, they’re informing decisions with comprehensive intelligence.

All of our teams help governments make this leap into the digital age, but it’s Customer Success that serves on the frontlines every day – strategizing with governments to meet their needs and ensuring they are quickly and properly set up on OpenGov. In this post, you’ll learn about one of team’s two main roles: the Customer Success Analyst.

Customer Success Analyst (CSA) 101

CSAs work with new customers to map their financial data to OpenGov. This work is mission-critical for the company and for customers because a proper mapping ensures governments can explore data as needed to learn from it.

But it’s a mistake to assume CSAs just crunch numbers – the role also involves strategic thinking and relationship management; helping customers think through their OpenGov objectives and implementation determines their future success on the platform.

CSAs are passionate about empowering governments. Alysa Zyda spent years working in government and shares how she’s motivated by “wanting to bring the best tools to my former coworkers. By working here, I can build the tools that I always wished I had.”

Diversity breeds success

CSAs come from a broad range of backgrounds. Some, such as Alysa, have previous government experience, while others come from the private sector, like Christine Liu who was a Project Analyst for an Infrastructure Engineering Design Firm.

Diverse experiences position the team for success – CSA Henry Tsao explains how “people with different backgrounds can help each other remove the tunnel vision we get from our own backgrounds.”

But there’s at least one area with near-uniformity…

Nearly 75% of CSAs prefer Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups over chocolate kisses, licorice, and gummy bears. Maybe this is why CSA Becca Rosengarten considers “everyone on the team a good friend of mine.”

A day as a CSA

Becca explains how, every day, “I get to spend a lot of time with our customers, helping them through their deployment and making sure that they get the most value out of OpenGov. I also spend a ton of time getting creative in Excel, and I love it!”

Henry adds, “Being a Customer Success Analyst involves analyzing the best way to design processes for the customer to make them successful using OpenGov. This includes: systematically analyzing their financial data, identifying their pain-points, and creatively thinking of strategies to alleviate those pain points.”

CSA Becca Rosengarten helps a customer implement OpenGov.

Data drives success

Henry explains how data is critical to a CSA’s success:

“We have to build credibility with our customers with our knowledge of their data. If we don’t have a solid understanding, the client will notice immediately and be that much less willing to work with us.

OpenGov empowers governments to visualize and analyze historical trends just by loading data into the platform. Therefore, it’s important for us to make sure the customer’s data is properly formatted and inputted into the platform.”

A role of constant learning

Because OpenGov is a rapidly-growing startup, our CSAs explore product development, marketing, sales, and more – broadening their knowledge every day.

Interested in learning more? Contact our talent team at jobs@opengov.com and follow us on LinkedIn!

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The City of Lewiston Pioneers Transparency in Idaho With OpenGov

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In 1863, the City of Lewiston, Idaho became the first capital of the Idaho territory. This week, the city reaffirmed its status as a trailblazer when it launched its OpenGov Transparency portal – the first city in Idaho to do so.

The City of Lewiston’s leaders understand a critical fact about 21st century government: citizens, elected officials, and staff benefit from making complex financial information understandable to a wide audience. This transparency enhances decisions, builds public trust, and most important, shows residents how the city spends public money.

“As the first city in the State of Idaho to be an OpenGov client, providing a high level of transparency and openness, we are proud to be a leader in the State when it comes to assisting the public with financial data,” says Dan Marsh, Administrative Services Director.

The City of Lewiston is empowering citizens with insights into government spending back to FY 2012, transactions, and current spending and revenues across departments and funds.

But the city does not stop there. Lewiston proactively answers common public questions with OpenGov’s Saved Views – a feature that lets the government bookmark answers to common questions. For example, with the click of a mouse, citizens can see how much the city collects in property taxes every year, how much the City of Lewiston spends on salaries every year, and which expenses the General Fund has paid for during the current year.

Visionary cities like the City of Lewiston prove that communities across the country are committed to serving their citizens in the digital era.

We’re excited to work with the City of Lewiston, and congratulate its leaders and citizens on its step forward for citizen engagement.

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John Chambers Joins OpenGov Board of Directors and Invests to Help Governments Better Serve Their Communities

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OpenGov brings financial and performance reporting and transparency to more than 1,000 governments in 46 states as company continues to scale

REDWOOD CITY, Calif — May 26, 2016 —  OpenGov, the market leader in cloud-based financial intelligence, planning, and transparency for government, today announced that John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco, has invested in the company and joined the Board of Directors. The addition of Chambers rounds out an all-star board which includes Palantir Co-Founder Joe Lonsdale, Marc Andreessen, and OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. Investors in the company include Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Thrive Capital, Intuit founder Scott Cook, Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, and Glynn Capital.

OpenGov’s web-based solutions foster widespread internal and external understanding of complex government financials and performance data, enabling data-driven decision-making, optimizing the budgeting and planning process, and building trust inside and outside the organization. Unlocking access to this information leads to improved operational efficiency, years of time saved, and, ultimately, better policy decisions. The OpenGov platform also enables public administrators to engage citizens — online, where they are in this digital era — and provide unprecedented insight into their government’s finances.

Governments that embrace the power of a new digital world can completely transform how citizens, businesses and the public sector interact. Governments that lead in this new digital era will see the results in efficient services to their citizens, job creation, and economic growth. This transition is at an inflection point in all city, state and national governments around the world,” said Chambers. “OpenGov applies the best in technology to bridge these gaps so that governments can truly serve their communities. This is no small task, but an absolutely vital one, and I believe that OpenGov can play a pivotal role in this transition and beyond.”

As OpenGov scales to serve tens of thousands of local and county governments, special districts, school districts, and state/federal agencies, it will draw on Chambers’s vast expertise in building companies and divisions to scale.  At Cisco, Chambers grew the company from $70 million when he joined, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to record revenues of $48.6 billion in FY13.  In addition to his tenure at Cisco, Chambers also spent nearly two decades working on various initiatives that bridge tech and government, dating back to 1997, when he co-founded TechNet, an organization created for the tech industry to educate and engage with Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country.

“While the nation is transfixed with the current presidential election cycle, it’s easy for the role of state and local government to get lost, but these governments serve on the frontlines. They need to operate as efficiently as possible to provide optimized services, collaborate with and across other state and federal agencies, and be ready to show citizens how investments of public money address a community’s most urgent problems,” said Zac Bookman, OpenGov Co-Founder and CEO. “We believe that implementing great technology is the only way these governments will function most effectively.  We are delighted to welcome John and inspired by a shared vision and the challenge of overhauling present systems for a better future.”

State and local governments across the country are adopting OpenGov at a rapid pace, as more than 1,000 governments now use the platform, including recent launches in Washington D.C. Tallahassee, and San Diego. Additionally, OpenGov has analyzed more than $500B in budgets across 46 states

“OpenGov was founded with the belief that new tech-enabled processes could transform the way local, state, and federal governments do business, similar to the recent transformation of business and consumer areas,” said OpenGov Co-founder and Chairman Joe Lonsdale. “Now is the time for networked financial and performance management and budgeting to make its mark on the way our country functions. We’re excited to partner with clients to help bring our governments into the 21st century.”

About OpenGov

OpenGov is transforming the way the world analyzes, shares, compares, and allocates public money.  With more than 1,000 government customers across 46 states in a rapidly expanding network, OpenGov is the market leader in cloud-based performance intelligence and financial transparency.  Founded in 2012 with headquarters in Silicon Valley, and offices in Washington DC and Portland, OpenGov works with leading governments of all sizes such as The State of Ohio, Washington DC,Minneapolis, MN, San Antonio, TX, Palo Alto, CA, Northglenn, CO, and Edgewood, KY. Advisors include former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, former U.S Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, former Mayor of Indianapolis Stephen Goldsmith, and former Mayor of Washington D.C. Adrian Fenty.  Learn more at www.opengov.com.

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John Chambers Joins OpenGov Board of Directors to Digitize Government

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We’re excited to announce that John Chambers, Cisco’s Executive Chairman and Former CEO, has joined OpenGov’s Board of Directors.

Chambers believes, as we do, that embracing digitization and connectivity positions all levels of government for success. He joins OpenGov to help us improve public administration by leveraging the latest in a series of technological shifts that have transformed citizens’ needs and expectations about government services.

Governments have always needed to embrace new paradigms and technologies

In some cases, citizens still expect similar services as they did two centuries ago – people wanted infrastructure such as canals then; they want bridges, airports, and roads now. Governments still collect taxes, provide police protection, and administer justice. But although these general service categories have remained the same, their administration has grown more complex over time.

Citizens’ expectations of their governments have also transformed. Many of these shifts are due to major events; for example, the Great Depression convinced Americans that governments should provide a social safety net. Other changes, such as expectations for rapid postal delivery and clean water, occurred because of technological innovations such as airplanes and networked piping. Technology disrupts public administration as new tools and paradigms shift citizens’ expectations and demands on their governments.

But today’s need is unprecedented

Chambers believes we are living through an unprecedented era of technological disruption. In an interview with McKinsey and Company, he said:

“This digital era will dwarf what’s occurred in the information era and the value of the Internet today. As leaders, if you don’t transform and use this technology differently—if you don’t reinvent yourself, change your organization structure; if you don’t talk about speed of innovation—you’re going to get disrupted.”

These reinventions and changes constitute vast technology-enabled improvements in public administration, improvements that OpenGov strives to help governments embrace. We’re enabling unprecedented collaboration across cities, states, and even countries. We’re leveraging data science to ensure public money delivers the highest-possible ROI. We’re empowering governments to show citizens how services improve a community’s outcomes.

John Chambers is uniquely positioned to help us. He grew Cisco from $1.2 billion in revenue when he became CEO to a record $48.6 billion in FY 2013. Chambers has also spent nearly two decades on initiatives bridging tech and government, and he has spoken extensively on the need for digitization and connectivity across all levels of government.

We’re excited to have John Chambers on our Board of Directors. He will help us continue to scale and give governments the tools to successfully serve the world’s most important customer base: we the people.