Newport, Rhode Island Partners with OpenGov to Increase Government Transparency

New User-Friendly Site Powered by the OpenGov Smart Government Platform™ Will Make It Easier for the Public to See How Tax Dollars are Being Spent And Streamline Budgeting Process

NEWPORT, RI & REDWOOD CITY, CA – Today, the City of Newport, Rhode Island announced that it has partnered with OpenGov, the leader in government performance solutions, to improve transparency and increase access to important public information through the OpenGov platform. The OpenGov Smart Government Platform™ will allow Newport residents to use a Google-style search bar to track government spending and also make it easier for public officials to share complex financial and performance data in simple, understandable reports. The new software will enable more transparent governance and informed decision-making.

“We continually get feedback from our residents and taxpayers asking for better communication from the City administration, “ said Laura L. Sitrin, Newport’s Director of Finance and Support Services. “OpenGov is a terrific tool that will allow the City of Newport to provide detailed transactional and financial information to taxpayers in an easily understood format. People will be able to access information that is important to them. We are starting with financial information but there is the capacity to provide all kinds of data driven information. The City of Newport OpenGov site will be launched as part of our FY2018-19 Biennial Budget process in May and we are really excited to be able to use it at that time.”

The platform includes OpenGov Budget Builder™, a collaborative, cloud-based budgeting application that will streamline the budgeting process for Newport officials and eliminate the need for complicated and antiquated Excel spreadsheets as they plan the city’s $138 million budget. Access to this information empowers internal stakeholders to conduct better analysis. Other governments already using Budget Builder in the budgeting process have reported cutting their clerical work in half. Newport’s new platform is expected to go live next month.

“It’s our mission to power more effective and accountable governments, and we’re excited to partner with Newport to harness the power of technology to increase government transparency,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “Whether it’s a $2 purchase of office supplies or a $2 million spend on infrastructure improvements, public officials will be able to easily report and track financial information and citizens can see how their tax dollars are being spent.”

Newport’s new OpenGov platform will provide clear and interactive data visualizations, making it easier to analyze historical trends and compare spending across vendors, departments and with other governments. Officials will also be able to share this complex financial and performance data in simple, understandable reports with key stakeholders, helping to build consensus around priorities and progress within the community. In addition, residents will have the ability to download the data, and share it via email and social media.

Newport joins a growing number of governments nationwide who rely on OpenGov’s next generation cloud software. The City of Boston recently launched its updated transparency platform, “Analyze Boston” powered by the OpenGov Smart Government Platform, and both the California National Resource Association and the City of Phoenix announced their own transparency efforts to powered by OpenGov.

About Newport, RI

The City of Newport, Rhode Island was founded in 1639 at the southern end of Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay. Newport’s location, natural, historical and cultural resources are responsible for a thriving tourism industry. From its early years when commerce involved the whale-oil trade, to today’s highly sophisticated research in electronic submarine warfare, the seaport has continued to play a vital role in Newport’s economy. As the State’s principal tourist center and resort community, Newport is visited annually by millions of tourists who attend special events like the Volvo Race and Newport Music, Jazz and Folk Festivals; enjoy the world-class sailing; and tour the mansions, historical properties and other attractions. Newport is home to United States Navy facilities, including the Navy Warfare College and the Naval Underwater Warfare Center. Newport has the distinction of having some of the oldest operating facilities in the country, including the Redwood Library, White Horse Tavern, Touro Synagogue, Trinity Episcopal Church, Colony House and many other historical homes and buildings.

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.

Published: April 11, 2017