Independence, Oregon Launches OpenGov Platform to Increase Government Transparency

Independence, Ore. - August 1, 2017 – On the heels of a successful deployment of the Indy Works mobile app, the City of Independence, Oregon announced the launch of a new cloud-based platform in partnership with OpenGov, the leader in government performance management, to increase government accountability and improve access to important public information. The platform, powered by OpenGov’s Smart Government CloudTM allows residents to track government spending and also makes it easier for public officials to analyze and share complex financial and performance data using simple, understandable reports. The new software enables more transparent and effective governance and informed decision-making.

“Transparency is a critical component of community-based decision-making,” said Independence Mayor John McArdle. “I’m proud that we’re continuing to find new ways to engage with our citizens and keep them informed.”

The new OpenGov cloud platform empowers government officials and staff to conduct better analysis and performance measurement by improving access to key financial and non-financial data. The platform also allows residents to view the annual budget, budget-to-actual spending and answer frequently asked questions such as, “What are some of the Independence Landing Project Costs?”, building greater trust in government and facilitating civic engagement. The public can download the data to review, and share over email and social media.

“We’re excited to partner with Independence, Oregon to harness the power of technology to increase government effectiveness and accountability,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “Whether repaving streets or revitalizing the city’s riverfront, public officials are now able to easily report and track financial information, and local residents can see how their tax dollars are being spent.”

Independence, with a population of nearly 10,000 residents, joins a growing number of local governments nationwide who rely on OpenGov’s next generation cloud software. The City of Boston recently launched its updated Open Data platform, “Analyze Boston” supported by the OpenGov Smart Government Cloud, and both the City of Burbank and the City of Phoenix recently announced their own transparency efforts propelled by OpenGov.

Independence’s OpenGov platform can be viewed here https://independenceor.opengov.com.


About Independence

Founded in 1845 as the end of the Oregon Trail, Independence is a rural community in Oregon’s Willamette Valley that has long been recognized for its community engagement and revitalization efforts. The City has embraced its heritage, pioneering new techniques and technologies to engage residents and regional assets to foster community and economic development. A winner of the prestigious national All America City award, and the Northwest Area Foundation’s Great Strides award, Independence is leveraging its fiber to the home telecommunications system to become a Smart Rural Community. To learn more, visit http://www.testdriveindependence.com.


About OpenGov

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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City of Independence Contact:
Jason Kistler
City of Independence, OR
503-837-1198

Gloria Butsch
City of Independence, OR
503-837-1170

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


Published: August 1, 2017