New User-Friendly Site Powered by the OpenGov Smart Government Cloud™ Makes it Easier for the Public to See How Bond Measure Funding is Being Spent And Streamlines the Budgeting Process for School Administrators
KENTFIELD, Calif. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 23, 2017 – Today, the College of Marin announced that it has partnered with OpenGov, the leader in government performance solutions, to launch a new financial reporting platform that improves transparency and increases access to spending and budgeting information. The OpenGov Smart Government Cloud™ allows Marin County residents to use a Google-style search bar to track the public community college’s spending, and also makes it easier for school administrators to share complex financial and performance data in simple, understandable reports. The new cloud-based software will also enable more transparent operations and informed decision-making.
In 2004, Marin County voters passed Measure C, a $249.5 million modernization bond for College of Marin facilities. And last year, voters passed Measure B, a $265 million bond, to fund the second phase of this construction and fully update the college’s campuses. OpenGov’s operational intelligence and open data solutions provide clear and interactive data visualizations, making it easier to analyze how these funds are being spent on projects such as a state-of-theart cloud-based security system.
“As the community’s college, College of Marin invites students, faculty, staff, and our neighbors throughout the county to partner with us and provide ongoing input that helps shape the campuses into places that best serve the community as a whole,” said Vice President of Finance and College Operations Greg Nelson. “The OpenGov platform is another tool that we hope will broaden this participation.”
The user-friendly platform that can be accessed at collegeofmarinca.opengov.com lets administrators share key data across departments to more easily engage all stakeholders as they shape the college’s budget. OpenGov empowers college leaders to build consensus around priorities and drive a more effective and accountable college. In addition, the public can download the data, and share it through email and social media.
“We’re excited to be working with College of Marin to harness the power of technology to increase transparency and boost collaboration and engagement across the community,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “Whether it’s a $10 purchase of classroom supplies or a $10 million investment to modernize the college’s campus, school administrators can now easily report financial information and taxpayers can see how funds are being spent.”
College of Marin joins a growing number of academic institutions, including California State Universities Chico, Channel Island, and San Jose campuses, who rely on OpenGov’s next generation cloud software. In addition, the City of Boston recently launched its updated transparency platform, “Analyze Boston” supported by the OpenGov Smart Government Cloud, and both the California National Resource Association and the City of Phoenix announced their own transparency efforts propelled by OpenGov.
About College of Marin
Established in 1926, College of Marin remains committed to educational excellence, providing equitable opportunities, and fostering success in all members of its diverse community. With campuses in Kentfield and Novato, students of all ages have affordable access to an exciting variety of credit and noncredit courses as well as community education classes for lifelong learning. College of Marin is one of 113 public community colleges in California and approximately 13,000 credit, noncredit, and community education students enroll annually.
College of Marin is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
OpenGov is the leader in government performance management, with easy-to-use cloud software for better budgeting, improved operational intelligence, and comprehensive open data. OpenGov solutions give governments the right tools and relevant data for more informed decision-making and better outcomes for the public.
Over 1,500 public agencies in 48 states are part of the growing OpenGov network. 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 Andreessen Horowitz, Emerson Collective, 8VC, and Thrive Capital and has headquarters in Redwood City, CA.
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Published: May 23, 2017