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Phoenix Partners with OpenGov to Launch New Open Data Platform

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Partnership Announced As Part of National Sunshine Week; Phoenix’s New Platform To Help Public and City Officials Better Understand Trends, Make Informed Decisions, Build Trust REDWOOD CITY, Calif - March...

Boston Launches New Open Data Platform Powered by OpenGov

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City’s ‘Analyze Boston’ Next Generation Open Data Platform is Up and Running, Allowing Officials and Public to Better Understand Trends, Make Informed Decisions and Build Trust; the new platform emphasizes...

Workiva and OpenGov Announce Partnership to Help State and Local Governments Modernize Budgeting and Financial Reporting

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OpenGov Budget Builder to be Paired with Wdesk Ames, IA and Redwood City, CA - February 21, 2017– Workiva (NYSE:WK), a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions for improving productivity,...

‘Checkbook’ Feature on Website Shows Payments to Those Vendors Doing Business with Town

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Bosworth: ‘The Town is an open book.’ North Hempstead, NY, Feb. 6, 2017– North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board announced today that the Town has recently added...

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OpenGov’s New Open Data Solution Is Up And Running in Denton, Texas

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At the Code for America Summit, OpenGov announces Dallas-Fort Worth suburb as first customer to implement company’s new OpenGov Open Data tool

OAKLAND, Calif – At the 2016 Code for America Summit, OpenGov, the world’s first complete cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting and open data, announced Denton, Texas as the first city in the country to fully implement the OpenGov Open Data solution. Integrated with OpenGov’s other offerings, OpenGov Open Data is allowing Denton to increase public trust, facilitate civic action, and embrace the future of the smart government.

“It’s vital to our community and to the growth of Denton that anyone can easily access government information to enable civic developers and lay-users alike to gain value from public data,” said Justin Mercier, data system architect for the City of Denton. “The new open data platform works seamlessly, whether you want to run a hackathon or run a business, the data is easily usable and allows us to get vital city information quickly and efficiently.”

In addition to Denton, a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb with a population just over 100,000, several other cities and states across the country are looking to OpenGov Open Data to bring greater collaboration, transparency and innovation to governance. The tool is designed to work for governments of all sizes, and these additional governments – both big and small – will be implementing the solution in the coming months.

“Open access to government information is critical to the health of our states, cities and towns,” said OpenGov CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman. “Data is a foundation on which to build stronger and more sustainable governments. Leveraging OpenGov’s many tools, including Open Data, Denton and other cities can better understand trends, coordinate budgets, empower their citizens, and present a holistic view of the state of the city.”

Denton had previously released its data in PDFs and other formats that were hard to read and repurpose. As a result, the city’s tech community could not build applications; residents could not easily access a central location to search for data; and potential businesses could not quickly assess Denton’s economic condition The Open Data tool builds trust and shows elected officials and citizens how government agencies are performing in real-time. Open Data can also empower journalists with instant access to the data they need to tell accurate stories.

Working with OpenGov’s open data experts, Denton has uploaded numerous datasets that span a wide array of metrics to its data portal. Today, the city empowers residents and businesses with 71 machine-readable datasets, that range from the city’s demographic indicators to its upcoming building projects.

OpenGov Open Data is powered by CKAN, the industry open source standard for open data used by the federal government, the European Union, and hundreds of other agencies around the world. Earlier this year, OpenGov acquired Ontodia, the leading provider of open data and performance management solutions using CKAN, which allows governments of all sizes including cities like Denton to use OpenGov to connect budget and performance data with Census data, FBI crime data, and financial data from over 3,000 counties and 36,000 cities. In other words, it simplifies the ability to collaborate with other governments and agencies.

“Denton is leading the way in embracing the power of technology to improve our cities,” said Bookman. “We look forward to working with more cities across the country to make governments more transparent, accessible, and efficient through our toolkit of invaluable solutions.”

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OpenGov’s Smart Government Platform is the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data. Used by over 1,200 public agencies in the rapidly growing OpenGov Network™, OpenGov’s industry-leading technology streamlines the budget process, improves outcomes, and builds trust with the public. Founded in 2012 with headquarters in Silicon Valley, OpenGov works with leading governments of all sizes including the State Treasurer of Ohio, Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by leading investors including Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and Thrive Capital.  Learn more at


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John Chambers Joins OpenGov Board of Directors to Digitize Government

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We’re excited to announce that John Chambers, Cisco’s Executive Chairman and Former CEO, has joined OpenGov’s Board of Directors.

Chambers believes, as we do, that embracing digitization and connectivity positions all levels of government for success. He joins OpenGov to help us improve public administration by leveraging the latest in a series of technological shifts that have transformed citizens’ needs and expectations about government services.

Governments have always needed to embrace new paradigms and technologies

In some cases, citizens still expect similar services as they did two centuries ago – people wanted infrastructure such as canals then; they want bridges, airports, and roads now. Governments still collect taxes, provide police protection, and administer justice. But although these general service categories have remained the same, their administration has grown more complex over time.

Citizens’ expectations of their governments have also transformed. Many of these shifts are due to major events; for example, the Great Depression convinced Americans that governments should provide a social safety net. Other changes, such as expectations for rapid postal delivery and clean water, occurred because of technological innovations such as airplanes and networked piping. Technology disrupts public administration as new tools and paradigms shift citizens’ expectations and demands on their governments.

But today’s need is unprecedented

Chambers believes we are living through an unprecedented era of technological disruption. In an interview with McKinsey and Company, he said:

“This digital era will dwarf what’s occurred in the information era and the value of the Internet today. As leaders, if you don’t transform and use this technology differently—if you don’t reinvent yourself, change your organization structure; if you don’t talk about speed of innovation—you’re going to get disrupted.”

These reinventions and changes constitute vast technology-enabled improvements in public administration, improvements that OpenGov strives to help governments embrace. We’re enabling unprecedented collaboration across cities, states, and even countries. We’re leveraging data science to ensure public money delivers the highest-possible ROI. We’re empowering governments to show citizens how services improve a community’s outcomes.

John Chambers is uniquely positioned to help us. He grew Cisco from $1.2 billion in revenue when he became CEO to a record $48.6 billion in FY 2013. Chambers has also spent nearly two decades on initiatives bridging tech and government, and he has spoken extensively on the need for digitization and connectivity across all levels of government.

We’re excited to have John Chambers on our Board of Directors. He will help us continue to scale and give governments the tools to successfully serve the world’s most important customer base: we the people.

City of Tallahassee, Florida Launches OpenGov Transparency Site

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We’re excited to welcome the City of Tallahassee, Florida to the OpenGov platform! This week, the city launched its public transparency site and received local news coverage. Tallahassee seeks to help citizens understand revenues and expenses, answer common questions, and drive public engagement. The city’s OpenGov site highlights important information with Saved Views such as:

  • What is the Tallahassee Police Department Budget Plan?
  • What are the major revenue sources for StarMetro?
  • What are the revenues that support the General Fund?

Saved Views are key to an effective transparency site, and Tallahassee takes this to heart. Focusing on the first example, the site gives residents an overview of the Police Department’s Budget Plan. Clicking on the Saved View takes citizens to an overview of departmental expenses:

Citizens can then explore more and dig deeper. For example, users can see how police expenses have changed over time by selecting a different chart type. Expenses for the Northern Patrol Sector have increased dramatically since 2012-2013:

Alternatively, users can view police expenses by expense type, then drill into Personnel expenses. Click the filter tab on the left of the screen and select the perspective you need:

Tallahassee launched its OpenGov site with a landing page and a compelling tutorial video:

Source: The City of Tallahassee

We congratulate Tallahassee on its launch! Check out Tallahassee’s OpenGov site to see how the city engages citizens with budget transparency.

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