Phoenix Partners with OpenGov to Launch New Open Data Platform

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Partnership Announced As Part of National Sunshine Week; Phoenix’s New Platform To Help Public and City Officials Better Understand Trends, Make Informed Decisions, Build Trust

REDWOOD CITY, Calif – March 16, 2017– OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data, announced today that it has partnered with the City of Phoenix, Arizona to bring both city officials and citizens a new open data platform powered by OpenGov Open Data™ .

The new open source platform will improve both internal and public access to key information, such as public safety and transportation data. Access to this rich, meaningful information empowers internal stakeholders to undertake better analysis, spurs innovation among private sector and nonprofit technology developers who are building critical solutions, and facilitates civic engagement. The partnership was announced as part of Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of access to public information and open government. The new open data platform is expected to go live later this year.

“OpenGov is helping make City of Phoenix data more accessible to the public, which makes our city government more transparent, efficient and accountable while spurring innovation,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “When the general public and third-party developers can easily and freely use our data, it helps create innovative solutions to our challenges and new opportunities to help drive our economy forward.”

Phoenix, the nation’s sixth largest city and with a population of more than 1.5 million, joins a growing number of government agencies nationwide that rely on OpenGov’s next generation platform to enhance their open data efforts, including Maricopa County, which encompasses the city. In the past month, the City of Boston launched its beta platform “Analyze Boston” and the California National Resource Association announced plans for its own open data portal. OpenGov Open Data is designed to deliver greater collaboration, transparency, and innovation to governance, and it works for governments and agencies of all types and sizes.

“Phoenix has embraced the power of technology to better serve residents with a new easy-to-use open data platform,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “Powered by OpenGov’s Open Data solution, the platform will empower Phoenix’s residents and elected officials to analyze trends, make informed decisions, and build trust.”

The new platform will allow anyone to search Phoenix’s open datasets and interact with that data through preview, filter, and visualization tools. Developers will be able to access and integrate datasets using robust APIs, and the platform allows city officials and the general public to create charts and graphs online and embed the visualizations on other websites.

“We are looking forward to working with OpenGov towards leveraging our vast amount of data to create efficiencies in daily operations and to improving the Customer Experience,” said Matt Arvay, Phoenix’s Chief Information Officer.

OpenGov Open Data is a hosted CKAN solution. CKAN is the open source standard that the U.S. federal government, the European Union, and hundreds of other agencies around the world use for open data. OpenGov Open Data allows governments to create portals for citizen engagement and connect budget and performance data with census data, FBI crime data, and financial data from over 3,000 counties and 36,000 cities.

 

About OpenGov

OpenGov is the leader in government performance solutions: easy-to-use cloud software for better budgeting, improved reporting and operational intelligence, and comprehensive transparency and open data. OpenGov solutions give governments the right tools and relevant data for more informed decision-making and better outcomes for the public.

Over 1,400 public agencies in 48 states use OpenGov software. Founded in 2012, OpenGov customers include the State Treasurer of Ohio, the city of Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by top investors Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital and has headquarters in Redwood City, CA.

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OpenGov, Inc.
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Beverly Hills Historical Data

We Saved 9 Years of Historical Data Amid Our Financial System Conversion

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When I joined the City of Beverly Hills, our CFO wanted to implement data-driven decision making across the organization. Like all Americans, our citizens expect a high level of service, but at the same time, they understandably want to keep fees and taxes reasonably low. This tradeoff means that in the Administrative Services Department, we must ensure every dollar buys as much value as possible.

We had a ways to go.

“Our Financial System Was Not Easy to Use”

Our financial system was not easy to use; we could not easily analyze General Ledger data. And with our recent financial system conversion, our ability to analyze decade-long trends was dramatically reduced due to the cost and complexity of transferring data from the old system to the new. We often resorted to patching things together to answer ad-hoc questions and run reports.

Beverly Hill OpenGov Historical Data

We wanted to be able to prepare detailed monthly financial reports for each department but our current financial system does not place a strong emphasis on reporting capabilities. Extracting data from our system, formatting it in Excel, then generating charts and tables for every department would have taken far too much time for a monthly task. Limited to less than optimal monthly reporting meant we had trouble empowering department managers to own their results, fostering accountability, and knowing when to make changes if necessary. We knew we had to update our Chart of Accounts in the process.

“Bridged the Gap”

Meanwhile, Beverly Hills had purchased OpenGov to help with management reporting and open data. We decided to delay our implementation of OpenGov until we had fully implemented our new financial system and Chart of Accounts, worrying it would distract us. The City did not want to lose access to historical data after we converted, but working with two separate financial systems would have been tough. OpenGov provided a layer on top of the two systems that pooled data, giving us both current insights and historical trends.

OpenGov bridged the gap by offering multiple ways to upload legacy systems data and align it with our changed Chart of Accounts. In OpenGov, you can either group the old version of the General Ledger account with the equivalent new version of the General Ledger account using the new numbering and naming convention, or you can align the two Chart of Accounts off line and upload already aligned datasets.

We chose the second option to eliminate some hierarchies that might be confusing for end users. This only took a couple of days, but at last, we had a Chart of Accounts that would meet the City’s needs and be easy for departments to navigate when it comes to building their own reports/graphs. And because we built the new Chart of Accounts on top of the old one, we can use OpenGov to examine nine years of data holistically.

OpenGov has enabled us to create monthly financial reports and review them with department managers with ease. I begin presenting to departments by placing their revenues, expenses, and budget in a citywide context. We also use our historical data to show trends over time. From there, we can use OpenGov to drill down with department managers and discuss trends, challenges, and opportunities. We would have never been able to do this without an interactive reporting tool such as OpenGov.

“A Crosswalk Between Systems, Enabling Access to Historical Data”

Our system conversion experience taught us an important lesson about OpenGov that governments considering the software should know. Even if you’re in the middle of converting your financial systems, there’s no need to delay purchasing or implementing OpenGov. The software actually helps: it provides a crosswalk between systems, enabling access to historical data and improved reporting.

OpenGov – and the financial transition that OpenGov facilitated – has put us in prime position to continue improving reporting, expanding citizen transparency, and ultimately make better data-driven decisions to benefit the entire government and residents.


Roza Jakabffy, CPA is the Accounting Manager for the City of Beverly Hills, CA.

Image: Denton Open Data Day - Visualizing Crime Data

How Denton, TX Joined Worldwide “Open Data Day 2017”

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On Saturday, March 4, hundreds of communities from across the globe participated in the seventh annual Open Data Day. Fueled by a mission of improving public access to information at the local level, community organizers and municipal officials from Malaysia to South Africa to San Francisco built unique events tailored to their populations’ needs and interests.

Ahead of events, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative promoted achievable ways for American cities to engage in the day. Suggestions – still valuable for governments considering marking the day next year – included the following:

  • Organizing a meetup
  • Holding a town hall meeting
  • Releasing a new data set
  • Issuing a proclamation
  • Hosting a #datachat on Twitter or FaceBook Live
  • Writing an op-ed
  • Hosting a local hackathon

Denton Does Open Data Day

Denton, Texas, a What Works City and member of the OpenGov network, is actively leveraging its own open data portal. The city joined the Open Data Day celebration with the goal of enhancing community collaboration and empowering its citizens through its “day of discovery and civic hacking.”

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A team collaborates on open data projects at the March 4, 2017 event.

Organizations Open Denton, TechMill, and Serve Denton worked with Denton’s city staff and the University of North Texas (UNT) Library and Information Science Department to bring together residents with knowledge of data, coding, visualization, and tech writing. The hands-on structure enabled residents and other stakeholders to collaborate and develop new tools for accessibility, economic development, and sustainability.

Organized by area of expertise, teams worked on data mining, real-time survey data entry, and data visualization projects. They also explored best practices for successfully implementing new technology and open data solutions.

Among the many accomplishments of the day, groups built an API server to host more than 100 datasets and created a mobile data app to show downtown parking availability. Technical writers created two videos on how to use the city’s data portal, and participants continued using technology to strengthen ties between the city and its nonprofits.

According to event organizer Abdulrahman Habib of UNT, “The most important outcome is building a community of local, engaged volunteers who can work on these projects, share codes, and continue the work in the future to improve our city and make it a better place.”

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Appropriate attire on an Open Day Day attendee
in Denton, TX.

“It’s amazing to see what appears to be a group of mostly strangers, self-organizing into teams and working on different open data initiatives toward a collective goal…it really was incredible,” said Kyle Taylor, TechMill’s leader and one of the Denton Open Data Day event organizers.

Government Performance Pillars of Open Data

The pillars of open data – promoting transparency, accountability, and value add by making government data available to the public – are actionable and forward-looking, by nature. In many ways, they drive technology to offer increasingly innovative, flexible, and customizable ways for stakeholders to access and analyze data. They enable informed decision-making and new opportunities for data-powered technology solutions.

OpenGov is proud to partner with cities like Denton that continue to foster engagement and deploy impactful government performance solutions. Visit Denton’s open data portal powered by OpenGov to see the city’s innovation in action.

Budgeting in an Uncertain Economy

How Public Sector Agencies are Budgeting for Success Amid Uncertainty

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Municipal leaders and finance directors across the country have much in common, particularly the challenges associated with budgeting effectively given uncertain economic environments. Whether you are navigating a tenuous recovery landscape, anticipating revenue cuts from state or federal sources, or preparing for the next downturn, you are ultimately tasked with ensuring your agency’s fiscal stability. This demands strengthening budgeting processes and approaches.

Join us at 1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST on March 21 for “Budgeting for Success Amid Uncertainty,” an interactive, expert-led webinar, during which municipal leaders will share effective strategies for modernizing the budget planning process in an era marked by growing resource strains and demands.

The Budgeting Takeaways

Specifically, speakers will illustrate how they successfully leveraged technology to:

  • Create operational efficiencies by empowering staff and saving time;
  • Streamline reporting and tracking of budgeted-to-actual financials;
  • Evaluate and balance departmental priorities; and
  • Create interactive illustrations of “what if” scenarios for the public and non-financial staff.

The Presenters

The following presenters will offer their own perspectives rooted in their professional experiences, successes, and learnings:

  • Bill Statler, Former Finance and IT Director of San Luis Obispo, CA;
  • Hyun Kim, Finance Director of Boulder City, NV; and
  • Mike McCann, Former Finance Director of Ukiah, CA, and VP of Government Finance Solutions for OpenGov.

Together, they will share how they worked or are currently working to achieve operational stability while navigating uncertainty, and how they strive to maximize internal performance while simultaneously strengthening buy-in among elected and public stakeholders – critical components of public sector budgeting success.

How to Join

Register for the March 21st webinar today to join other municipal leaders, finance officers, and public officials who, like you, are being asked to do more with less. Learn practical approaches, ask questions, and see how innovative technology offers opportunities. We hope you can join us on March 21st!

Boston Launches New Open Data Platform Powered by OpenGov

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City’s ‘Analyze Boston’ Next Generation Open Data Platform is Up and Running, Allowing Officials and Public to Better Understand Trends, Make Informed Decisions and Build Trust; the new platform emphasizes Open Data Usability Over Archiving Datasets.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif – February 21, 2017– OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data, announced today that the City of Boston, Massachusetts has launched the beta version of the “Analyze Boston” open data platform, powered by OpenGov Open DataTM. A leader in applying smart technology, Boston is partnering with OpenGov to improve both internal and public access to key information, such as public safety and transportation data. Access to such rich, meaningful data empowers internal stakeholders to undertake better analysis, spurs innovation among private sector and nonprofit technology developers who are building critical solutions, and facilitates civic engagement.

“Our goal in creating the Analyze Boston platform is to better fulfill the promise of open data and open government, by seeing open data not just as a collection of datasets but as a platform for sharing knowledge,” said Boston’s Chief Data Officer Andrew Therriault. “Our collaboration with OpenGov enabled us to develop and deploy this new portal more easily than if we tried to do it by ourselves. That let us focus on what we’re good at — finding and cataloguing high-quality datasets — rather than trying to deploy and manage software on our own.”

Boston joins a growing number of government agencies nationwide, including Arizona’s Maricopa County and the California National Resource Association, that rely on OpenGov’s open source open data portal. OpenGov Open DataTM is designed to bring greater collaboration, transparency, and innovation to governance, and it works for governments and agencies of all types and sizes.

The new site allows anyone to search through Boston’s open datasets and interact with that data through preview, filter, and visualization tools. Developers can access and integrate datasets using robust APIs, and the site allows city officials and the general public to create charts and graphs online and embed the visualizations on other websites.

“Boston is a trendsetter for modernizing government, and its new easy-to-use open source open data platform is yet another instance of the city embracing the power of technology to better serve residents,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “Leveraging OpenGov’s Open Data platform, Boston’s elected officials and residents will be able to more effectively understand key trends, make informed decisions, and build trust that is essential to the city’s health and wellness. This puts the city in the driver’s seat for using data as an asset to be leveraged internally and externally on a single platform.”

While Analyze Boston is in beta mode, the City will continue to curate high-quality,  up-to-date datasets while continuing to work with OpenGov to develop a platform that is widely accessible. Analyze Boston will be the default technology platform to support the publication of the City’s public data, which will let citizens easily find facts, figures, and maps related to life in Boston.

“Increasingly, we’re seeing cities do more than just put the data out there, but to take a new more expansive approach to it,” said Stephen Larrick, open data project lead for the Sunlight Foundation in an interview with StateScoop. “This is on the cutting-edge of what we’re seeing cities do.”

OpenGov Open DataTM is a hosted CKAN solution. CKAN is the open source standard for open data used by the U.S. federal government, the European Union, and hundreds of other agencies around the world. OpenGov Open DataTM allows governments to connect budget and performance data with census data, FBI crime data, and financial data from over 3,000 counties and 36,000 cities.

 

About OpenGov

OpenGov is the leader in government performance solutions: easy-to-use cloud software for better budgeting, improved reporting and operational intelligence, and comprehensive transparency and open data. OpenGov solutions give governments the right tools and relevant data for more informed decision-making and better outcomes for the public.

Over 1,400 public agencies in 48 states use OpenGov software. Founded in 2012, OpenGov customers include the State Treasurer of Ohio, the city of Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by top investors Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital and has headquarters in Redwood City, CA.

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OpenGov, Inc.
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VIDEO: Veteran Finance Director Bill Statler on Local Finance Challenges and Opportunities

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California Regional Leadership Summit 2017 – Bill Statler Keynote from OpenGov.

At the recent OpenGov California Regional Leadership Summit, veteran California local finance director Bill Statler addressed public sector finance leaders who attended the event in Sacramento. His presentation, entitled “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Local Government Finance Officers Today,” focused on how public sector finance leaders can balance the demands of high-quality service delivery given increasingly stretched resources — especially funds and headcount.

While many governments have seen their revenues stabilize since the latest recession, Statler noted the reality of today’s more complex policy challenges, growing unfunded retirement benefit liabilities (especially OPEBs), and need to contextualize information for public and internal consumption. He also took time to consider the opportunities modern technology, public policy passion, and data analysis trends offer. See his full remarks above.

Bill Statler is a veteran municipal finance management expert with over 30 years of experience, including his tenures in San Luis Obispo and Simi Valley, California.

Workiva and OpenGov Announce Partnership to Help State and Local Governments Modernize Budgeting and Financial Reporting

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OpenGov Budget Builder to be Paired with Wdesk

Ames, IA and Redwood City, CA – February 21, 2017Workiva (NYSE:WK), a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions for improving productivity, accountability and insight into business data, and OpenGov, the leader in government performance solutions, jointly announced today a partnership to help state and local governments modernize their budgeting and financial reporting processes.

OpenGov Budget Builder™ and OpenGov Intelligence, which streamlines budgeting, analysis and public disclosures, will be paired with the Workiva platform Wdesk, which provides governments the ability to link their data in a single, trusted source and create integrated reports with control and accountability.

States, municipalities and other governmental entities are required to submit a wide variety of documents and reports to regulators, bond investors and the public. These documents include annual budgets, monthly performance reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) that comply with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s requirements.

OpenGov will offer Wdesk as part of its complete cloud-based budgeting solution, enabling customers to easily publish budget books based on their preparation done in OpenGov Budget Builder. The joint offering will also help governments create CAFR reports, quarterly management reports and other related documents.

With Wdesk, administrators can control access at all levels so that each user can create, edit and review data and documents that relate directly to them. This secure access feature is especially useful for reviewing and approving budgets as well as for CAFR external audit reviews.

“We are excited to work with OpenGov to further expand Wdesk across state and local governments,” said Matt Rizai, Chairman and CEO of Workiva. “Our joint product offering will give governments a complete budget, performance management and financial reporting solution, which will save them time and money.”

“With the addition of Wdesk to the OpenGov Smart Government Platform, we are jointly offering a complete solution for analyzing and communicating complex public sector financial information to government employees, elected officials and the public. We are excited to immediately offer Wdesk to more than 1,400 OpenGov customers,” said Zac Bookman, OpenGov Co-Founder and CEO. “Our partnership further enables data-driven decision-making and improves transparency for the public.”

 

About Workiva

Workiva (NYSE:WK) created Wdesk, a collaborative work management platform for enterprises to collect, link, report and analyze business data with control and accountability. Thousands of organizations, including over 70 percent of the Fortune 500®, use Wdesk. The platform’s proprietary word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications are integrated and built upon a data management engine, offering synchronized data, controlled collaboration, granular permissions and a full audit trail. Wdesk helps mitigate risk, improves productivity and gives users confidence to make decisions with real-time data. Workiva employs more than 1,200 people with offices in 16 cities. The company is headquartered in Ames, Iowa. For more information, visit workiva.com.

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About OpenGov

OpenGov is the leader in government performance solutions: easy-to-use cloud software for better budgeting, improved reporting and operational intelligence, and comprehensive transparency and open data. OpenGov solutions give governments the right tools and relevant data for more informed decision-making and better outcomes for the public.

Over 1,400 public agencies in 48 states use OpenGov software. Founded in 2012, OpenGov customers include the State Treasurer of Ohio, the city of Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by top investors Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital and has headquarters in Redwood City, CA.

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OpenGov Hits the Road and Hosts California Regional Leadership Summit

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Last week, OpenGov hosted an event for local finance directors in Sacramento, CA ahead of the 2017 California State Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) Conference. The user-centric OpenGov California Regional Leadership Summit featured an energetic address by keynote speaker William C. Statler. Statler’s remarks tackled the challenges and opportunities California’s municipal finance officers face today.

Statler, veteran former Finance and IT Director of San Luis Obispo, CA and former Finance Director of Simi Valley, CA, spoke the audience’s language from experience and with candor. Among his top 10 challenges facing finance officers, he included:

  • Finance officers’ unique roles as guardians of the General Fund’s fiscal health;
  • Communicating the government’s fiscal story meaningfully – internally and externally;
  • Aligning resources with strategic goals; and
  • Long-term sustainability planning.

No challenge comes without opportunity, however. First and foremost, Statler noted there is substantial opportunity in the availability of achieving practical, powerful solutions through innovative technology. Indeed, the summit also featured three customer use case presentations that illustrated concrete examples of how governments are successfully leveraging technology such as OpenGov’s Smart Government Platform™.

Specifically, Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID), a quasi-public agency in Nevada, and the City of Hayward, CA, have each used the platform to empower their departments’ staff with the detail and historical data necessary to create customized reports and drive informed decision-making. IVGID’s Controller Lori Pommerenck and Hayward’s Acting Finance Director Dustin Claussen presented on behalf of their organizations.

The City of Sausalito, CA’s former Finance Director Charlie Francis used the OpenGov platform as a solution to open up the town’s financial data to a broader constituency. The improved transparency led to a more diverse, representative public engagement environment.

The exciting part is that this is just the beginning. In the coming year, the OpenGov team is planning to host more Leadership Summits across the country to connect municipal leaders, finance officers, and public officials. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with peers, contribute and gain insights into best practices, and see new technology solutions in action. Additionally, users who are already members of the OpenGov network will be able to take part in closed user-group sessions, which offers the opportunity for users to engage with more specificity around their own experiences and goals. Members of OpenGov’s top-rated Customer Success and Government Finance Solutions teams will moderate the user groups.

We are actively considering locations for future Leadership Summits, so if you would like to request that we host an event in your region, please email us at events@opengov.com.

‘Checkbook’ Feature on Website Shows Payments to Those Vendors Doing Business with Town

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Bosworth: ‘The Town is an open book.’

North Hempstead, NY, Feb. 6, 2017– North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board announced today that the Town has recently added a feature from technology provider OpenGov to the Northhempstead.com website that will provide a comprehensive report of all payments made by the Town, by year and vendor. This additional feature, called OpenGov Open Checkbook™, will continue to strengthen North Hempstead’s commitment to openness and transparency in government.

The Town launched its modernized website in 2015, which included its first interactive aggregate financial and budget reports powered by OpenGov. With OpenGov, the public can easily analyze, share and compare detailed town budget data in a user-friendly format. The addition of the OpenGov Open Checkbook to the town’s website makes it even simpler for residents to see checkbook-level spending data, and to follow how each and every one of their tax dollars is spent by their local government. Checkbook data for the years of 2014, 2015 and 2016, up to January 6, 2017, will be available.

“Previously this kind of information was usually kept in a text-heavy document, but will now be easily available and searchable to anyone through the Town’s website,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “The Town of North Hempstead has an obligation to its residents to show them how their tax dollars are being spent, and now through OpenGov the Town is an open book.”

“North Hempstead is a great example of how a town that is committed to open the books to the public can do so efficiently and effectively when they apply the right technologies,” said OpenGov CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman. “OpenGov is committed to powering more effective and accountable government, and we will continue to develop software and services that deliver on that mission for towns like North Hempstead.”

Have you tuned into North Hempstead TV lately? View all of our great programming on Channels 18 or 63 on Cablevision or Channel 46 on Verizon, or visit www.myNHTV.com or www.youtube.com/townofnorthhempstead.

About OpenGov

OpenGov is the leader in government performance solutions: easy-to-use cloud software for better budgeting, improved reporting and operational intelligence, and comprehensive transparency and open data. OpenGov solutions give governments the right tools and relevant data for more informed decision-making and better outcomes for the public.

Over 1,400 public agencies in 48 states use OpenGov software. Founded in 2012, OpenGov customers include the State Treasurer of Ohio, the city of Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by top investors Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital and has headquarters in Redwood City, CA.
Learn more at www.opengov.com.

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Steuben County, NY Partners with OpenGov to Modernize Budgeting and Open Data

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County seeks to save time and open the books with new web-based software platform

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 25, 2017– Steuben County, New York and OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data, announced today that they will begin to roll out the OpenGov Smart Government Platform™ for the county. The new cloud-based software will help Steuben County simplify its budget planning, improve its internal data management, and make important information easily accessible to its citizens and elected officials. The county aims to set a new standard for government transparency and efficiency in the State of New York, and plans to have its OpenGov platform fully up and running in early 2017.

The software platform deployment will include OpenGov Budget Builder™, a first-of-its-kind online product designed to streamline the budgeting process for governments. The web-based OpenGov Budget Builder enables cross-departmental collaboration, and will eliminate the need for Steuben officials to use numerous complicated Excel spreadsheets when they plan the county’s $177 million budget. Steuben County will join a growing number of leading governments nationwide that have begun using OpenGov Budget Builder since its release in Fall 2016. A number of those governments have reported cutting their clerical work in half by adopting OpenGov Budget Builder.

“Steuben County is committed to ensuring our citizens can easily access information about how their tax dollars are being spent,” said Jack Wheeler, Steuben County Manager. “OpenGov technologies make that possible, and at the same time increase our operational efficiency, saving time and money so we can collaborate and serve the public more effectively.”

In addition to the new budgeting solution, Steuben County will implement OpenGov Intelligence™, which gives department managers, executives, and elected officials access to vital financial and performance information that can improve strategic decision-making. In conjunction with OpenGov Intelligence, the county will also launch a new public transparency site built with OpenGov Transparency™, which opens data to the public, enabling greater understanding of how tax dollars are being spent.

“Both citizens and government officials deserve the open and efficient government operations that modern technology can deliver,” said OpenGov CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman. “It’s encouraging to see more cities and counties like Steuben move to modernize the way they handle finances and data. It establishes a new standard for informed governing.”

According to Wheeler, the OpenGov Smart Government Platform will provide a tremendous advantage as the county increasingly shares data with other agencies in New York and seeks to automatically visualize important data for the public, elected officials, and internal decision makers.


About OpenGov

OpenGov is the leader in government performance solutions: easy-to-use cloud software for better budgeting, improved reporting and operational intelligence, and comprehensive transparency and open data. OpenGov solutions give governments the right tools and relevant data for more informed decision-making and better outcomes for the public.

Over 1,400 public agencies in 48 states use OpenGov software. Founded in 2012, OpenGov customers include the State Treasurer of Ohio, the city of Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by top investors Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital and has headquarters in Redwood City, CA.
Learn more at www.opengov.com.

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