Lewiston, Idaho Saves Time with Open Data Solution
POPULATION: 32,000 | AGENCY TYPE: City | ANNUAL BUDGET: $34.5 Million
OpenGov visualizes a government’s chart of accounts, allowing users to drill down into financial information by type, fund, or department.
OpenGov Provided a Simple and Sophisticated Solution
Lewiston’s government decided to take a step forward for its citizens – and all of Idaho’s residents – and search for a transparency solution that could properly illustrate the link between the City’s budget and resident-level impact. Lewiston chose OpenGov as the most compelling open data solution. “I saw demonstrations at ICMA’s annual conferences, and was pretty impressed by [OpenGov’s] features,” Maurer said.
Accounting Manager Bob Clark appreciated OpenGov’s ability to represent complex data through an intuitive interface and easy-to-understand graphs and charts. “We like the bean-counter number tables, but you can really see visual representations too,” he said. OpenGov’s clear visualizations of complex financial information enable citizens to explore and analyze government data. With just one click, for example, residents can see overall General Fund spending and specific employee salaries, with historical data and trends also at their fingertips.
OpenGov integrated smoothly with the City’s existing IT systems and mapped to its chart of accounts, maintaining the data’s integrity and relevance to the team. Finance Assistant Carol Valliant said Lewiston’s IT Director was “pleased” by OpenGov’s simplicity.