New Online Platform to Provide Residents, City Officials with Access to Valuable Government Data, Increasing Transparency and Accountability
WEST CHESTER, OH & REDWOOD CITY, CA– Today, West Chester Township, Ohio announced it has partnered with OpenGov to enable more transparent governance and informed decision-making. OpenGov is the leader in government performance solutions: easy-to-use cloud software for better budgeting, improved reporting, and comprehensive open data. The West Chester Board of Trustees approved the partnership earlier this week.
OpenGov’s public platform for financial data surpasses any other competitor reviewed, according to West Chester Township Administrator Judi Boyko. Its ability to integrate non-financial data into its system and then create and display dashboards for public view is individually engineered for each of its client’s needs.
The OpenGov Smart Government Platform includes OpenGov Open DataTM, a cloud-based, open data platform designed to deliver greater, transparency and innovation to governance. The new software will improve both internal and public access to key information, such as public safety and infrastructure data. Access to this information empowers internal stakeholders to conduct better analysis, spurs innovation among private sector and nonprofit technology developers, and facilitates civic engagement. The new open data platform is expected to go live this summer.
“West Chester is excited about the launch of this open data platform for financial and non-financial data” Mrs. Boyko said. “Through this analysis and evidence based data, West Chester can transform the delivery of services; engage residents and corporate citizens; endeavor to make government operations and services more efficient and effective; and most importantly can meaningfully contribute to the quality of people’s lives.”
The township is also implementing OpenGov Budget BuilderTM, a collaborative, cloud-based budgeting application designed to streamline the budgeting process for governments and replace complicated and antiquated Excel spreadsheets. With the OpenGov Smart Government Platform, West Chester officials will have access to a single online solution to prepare budgets, report on spending against those budgets, analyze performance metrics, and keep elected officials and citizens informed on how tax dollars are being spent. West Chester is the first government in the state of Ohio to use both Budget Builder and OpenGov Open Data.
“The OpenGov Smart Government Platform will empower citizens and officials to easily access the information they need to make informed decisions, shape policy, and better understand how taxpayer dollars are being spent,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “West Chester joins cities and towns across the state of Ohio, and the country, that recognize the power of technology to make government more effective and accountable.”
West Chester joins a growing number of agencies nationwide that rely on OpenGov’s next generation open data platform. Last month, the City of Boston launched its beta open data platform “Analyze Boston,” and both the California National Resource Association and the City of Phoenix announced plans for their own open data portals.
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.
About West Chester, Ohio
West Chester Township is home to more than 61,000 residents and nearly 3,500 businesses strategically located between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. West Chester is counted among the country’s premier communities ranked five times by Money Magazine as one of “America’s Best Places to Live.” West Chester provides exceptional customer service with emphasis on integrity, fiscal responsibility and open communication. www.WestChesterOH.org
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Published: March 30, 2017