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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 16, 2017– OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data, announced today that it has partnered with the City of Phoenix, Arizona to bring both city officials and citizens a new open data platform powered by OpenGov Open Data™ .

The new open source platform will improve both internal and public access to key information, such as public safety and transportation data. Access to this rich, meaningful information empowers internal stakeholders to undertake better analysis, spurs innovation among private sector and nonprofit technology developers who are building critical solutions, and facilitates civic engagement. The partnership was announced as part of Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of access to public information and open government. The new open data platform is expected to go live later this year.

“OpenGov is helping make City of Phoenix data more accessible to the public, which makes our city government more transparent, efficient and accountable while spurring innovation,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “When the general public and third-party developers can easily and freely use our data, it helps create innovative solutions to our challenges and new opportunities to help drive our economy forward.”

Phoenix, the nation’s sixth largest city and with a population of more than 1.5 million, joins a growing number of government agencies nationwide that rely on OpenGov’s next generation platform to enhance their open data efforts, including Maricopa County, which encompasses the city. In the past month, the City of Boston launched its beta platform “Analyze Boston” and the California National Resource Association announced plans for its own open data portal. OpenGov Open Data is designed to deliver greater collaboration, transparency, and innovation to governance, and it works for governments and agencies of all types and sizes.

“Phoenix has embraced the power of technology to better serve residents with a new easy-to-use open data platform,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “Powered by OpenGov’s Open Data solution, the platform will empower Phoenix’s residents and elected officials to analyze trends, make informed decisions, and build trust.”

The new platform will allow anyone to search Phoenix’s open datasets and interact with that data through preview, filter, and visualization tools. Developers will be able to access and integrate datasets using robust APIs, and the platform allows city officials and the general public to create charts and graphs online and embed the visualizations on other websites.

“We are looking forward to working with OpenGov towards leveraging our vast amount of data to create efficiencies in daily operations and to improving the Customer Experience,” said Matt Arvay, Phoenix’s Chief Information Officer.

OpenGov Open Data is a hosted CKAN solution. CKAN is the open source standard that the U.S. federal government, the European Union, and hundreds of other agencies around the world use for open data. OpenGov Open Data allows governments to create portals for citizen engagement and connect budget and performance data with census data, FBI crime data, and financial data from over 3,000 counties and 36,000 cities.

 

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.

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

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 Open Data Usability Over Archiving Datasets.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif – February 21, 2017– OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data, announced today that the City of Boston, Massachusetts has launched the beta version of the “Analyze Boston” open data platform, powered by OpenGov Open DataTM. A leader in applying smart technology, Boston is partnering with OpenGov to improve both internal and public access to key information, such as public safety and transportation data. Access to such rich, meaningful data empowers internal stakeholders to undertake better analysis, spurs innovation among private sector and nonprofit technology developers who are building critical solutions, and facilitates civic engagement.

“Our goal in creating the Analyze Boston platform is to better fulfill the promise of open data and open government, by seeing open data not just as a collection of datasets but as a platform for sharing knowledge,” said Boston’s Chief Data Officer Andrew Therriault. “Our collaboration with OpenGov enabled us to develop and deploy this new portal more easily than if we tried to do it by ourselves. That let us focus on what we’re good at — finding and cataloguing high-quality datasets — rather than trying to deploy and manage software on our own.”

Boston joins a growing number of government agencies nationwide, including Arizona’s Maricopa County and the California National Resource Association, that rely on OpenGov’s open source open data portal. OpenGov Open DataTM is designed to bring greater collaboration, transparency, and innovation to governance, and it works for governments and agencies of all types and sizes.

The new site allows anyone to search through Boston’s open datasets and interact with that data through preview, filter, and visualization tools. Developers can access and integrate datasets using robust APIs, and the site allows city officials and the general public to create charts and graphs online and embed the visualizations on other websites.

“Boston is a trendsetter for modernizing government, and its new easy-to-use open source open data platform is yet another instance of the city embracing the power of technology to better serve residents,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “Leveraging OpenGov’s Open Data platform, Boston’s elected officials and residents will be able to more effectively understand key trends, make informed decisions, and build trust that is essential to the city’s health and wellness. This puts the city in the driver’s seat for using data as an asset to be leveraged internally and externally on a single platform.”

While Analyze Boston is in beta mode, the City will continue to curate high-quality,  up-to-date datasets while continuing to work with OpenGov to develop a platform that is widely accessible. Analyze Boston will be the default technology platform to support the publication of the City’s public data, which will let citizens easily find facts, figures, and maps related to life in Boston.

“Increasingly, we’re seeing cities do more than just put the data out there, but to take a new more expansive approach to it,” said Stephen Larrick, open data project lead for the Sunlight Foundation in an interview with StateScoop. “This is on the cutting-edge of what we’re seeing cities do.”

OpenGov Open DataTM is a hosted CKAN solution. CKAN is the open source standard for open data used by the U.S. federal government, the European Union, and hundreds of other agencies around the world. OpenGov Open DataTM allows governments to connect budget and performance data with census data, FBI crime data, and financial data from over 3,000 counties and 36,000 cities.

 

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.

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

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, 2017Workiva (NYSE:WK), a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions for improving productivity, accountability and insight into business data, and OpenGov, the leader in government performance solutions, jointly announced today a partnership to help state and local governments modernize their budgeting and financial reporting processes.

OpenGov Budget Builder™ and OpenGov Intelligence, which streamlines budgeting, analysis and public disclosures, will be paired with the Workiva platform Wdesk, which provides governments the ability to link their data in a single, trusted source and create integrated reports with control and accountability.

States, municipalities and other governmental entities are required to submit a wide variety of documents and reports to regulators, bond investors and the public. These documents include annual budgets, monthly performance reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) that comply with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s requirements.

OpenGov will offer Wdesk as part of its complete cloud-based budgeting solution, enabling customers to easily publish budget books based on their preparation done in OpenGov Budget Builder. The joint offering will also help governments create CAFR reports, quarterly management reports and other related documents.

With Wdesk, administrators can control access at all levels so that each user can create, edit and review data and documents that relate directly to them. This secure access feature is especially useful for reviewing and approving budgets as well as for CAFR external audit reviews.

“We are excited to work with OpenGov to further expand Wdesk across state and local governments,” said Matt Rizai, Chairman and CEO of Workiva. “Our joint product offering will give governments a complete budget, performance management and financial reporting solution, which will save them time and money.”

“With the addition of Wdesk to the OpenGov Smart Government Platform, we are jointly offering a complete solution for analyzing and communicating complex public sector financial information to government employees, elected officials and the public. We are excited to immediately offer Wdesk to more than 1,400 OpenGov customers,” said Zac Bookman, OpenGov Co-Founder and CEO. “Our partnership further enables data-driven decision-making and improves transparency for the public.”

 

About Workiva

Workiva (NYSE:WK) created Wdesk, a collaborative work management platform for enterprises to collect, link, report and analyze business data with control and accountability. Thousands of organizations, including over 70 percent of the Fortune 500®, use Wdesk. The platform’s proprietary word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications are integrated and built upon a data management engine, offering synchronized data, controlled collaboration, granular permissions and a full audit trail. Wdesk helps mitigate risk, improves productivity and gives users confidence to make decisions with real-time data. Workiva employs more than 1,200 people with offices in 16 cities. The company is headquartered in Ames, Iowa. For more information, visit workiva.com.

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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.

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Press Contacts:
Kevin McCarthy
Workiva Inc.
(515) 663-4471
press@workiva.com

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

‘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 a feature from technology provider OpenGov to the Northhempstead.com website that will provide a comprehensive report of all payments made by the Town, by year and vendor. This additional feature, called OpenGov Open Checkbook™, will continue to strengthen North Hempstead’s commitment to openness and transparency in government.

The Town launched its modernized website in 2015, which included its first interactive aggregate financial and budget reports powered by OpenGov. With OpenGov, the public can easily analyze, share and compare detailed town budget data in a user-friendly format. The addition of the OpenGov Open Checkbook to the town’s website makes it even simpler for residents to see checkbook-level spending data, and to follow how each and every one of their tax dollars is spent by their local government. Checkbook data for the years of 2014, 2015 and 2016, up to January 6, 2017, will be available.

“Previously this kind of information was usually kept in a text-heavy document, but will now be easily available and searchable to anyone through the Town’s website,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “The Town of North Hempstead has an obligation to its residents to show them how their tax dollars are being spent, and now through OpenGov the Town is an open book.”

“North Hempstead is a great example of how a town that is committed to open the books to the public can do so efficiently and effectively when they apply the right technologies,” said OpenGov CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman. “OpenGov is committed to powering more effective and accountable government, and we will continue to develop software and services that deliver on that mission for towns like North Hempstead.”

Have you tuned into North Hempstead TV lately? View all of our great programming on Channels 18 or 63 on Cablevision or Channel 46 on Verizon, or visit www.myNHTV.com or www.youtube.com/townofnorthhempstead.

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.
Learn more at www.opengov.com.

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Steuben County, NY Partners with OpenGov to Modernize Budgeting and Open Data

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County seeks to save time and open the books with new web-based software platform

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 25, 2017– Steuben County, New York and OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data, announced today that they will begin to roll out the OpenGov Smart Government Platform™ for the county. The new cloud-based software will help Steuben County simplify its budget planning, improve its internal data management, and make important information easily accessible to its citizens and elected officials. The county aims to set a new standard for government transparency and efficiency in the State of New York, and plans to have its OpenGov platform fully up and running in early 2017.

The software platform deployment will include OpenGov Budget Builder™, a first-of-its-kind online product designed to streamline the budgeting process for governments. The web-based OpenGov Budget Builder enables cross-departmental collaboration, and will eliminate the need for Steuben officials to use numerous complicated Excel spreadsheets when they plan the county’s $177 million budget. Steuben County will join a growing number of leading governments nationwide that have begun using OpenGov Budget Builder since its release in Fall 2016. A number of those governments have reported cutting their clerical work in half by adopting OpenGov Budget Builder.

“Steuben County is committed to ensuring our citizens can easily access information about how their tax dollars are being spent,” said Jack Wheeler, Steuben County Manager. “OpenGov technologies make that possible, and at the same time increase our operational efficiency, saving time and money so we can collaborate and serve the public more effectively.”

In addition to the new budgeting solution, Steuben County will implement OpenGov Intelligence™, which gives department managers, executives, and elected officials access to vital financial and performance information that can improve strategic decision-making. In conjunction with OpenGov Intelligence, the county will also launch a new public transparency site built with OpenGov Transparency™, which opens data to the public, enabling greater understanding of how tax dollars are being spent.

“Both citizens and government officials deserve the open and efficient government operations that modern technology can deliver,” said OpenGov CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman. “It’s encouraging to see more cities and counties like Steuben move to modernize the way they handle finances and data. It establishes a new standard for informed governing.”

According to Wheeler, the OpenGov Smart Government Platform will provide a tremendous advantage as the county increasingly shares data with other agencies in New York and seeks to automatically visualize important data for the public, elected officials, and internal decision makers.


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.
Learn more at www.opengov.com.

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OpenGov Budget Builder Goes Live in Jackson County, Georgia

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Counties small and large in Texas, Maryland and Indiana choose OpenGov Budget Builder for a modern and open approach to public finance, company announces 20 other local governments have signed up for new platform  

REDWOOD CITY, Calif – OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting and open data, announced today that its new OpenGov Budget BuilderTM solution is fully implemented at the Water and Sewerage Authority of Jackson County, Georgia. OpenGov Budget Builder is a first-of-its-kind online product designed to streamline the budgeting process for governments of all sizes, and to replace the legacy of complicated and antiquated Excel spreadsheets. OpenGov also announced today that more than 20 other local governments including Harford County, Maryland; Long Beach, New York; and Culpeper, VA are actively rolling out OpenGov Budget Builder for their upcoming budget cycles.

Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority joins the City of Burnet, Texas, and Greenwood, Indiana as an early adopter of Budget Builder. With populations that range from 6,000 to nearly 250,000 citizens, these agencies demonstrate that Budget Builder can help cities and counties of any size make the budgeting process easier, faster and more collaborative across different departments.

“OpenGov has completely transformed our agency’s budget process,” said Judy Smith, the Finance Director for Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority, which serves approximately 8,100 residents. “By seamlessly compiling data from previous years, ensuring collaboration across departments and letting us quickly share key information with stakeholders, Budget Builder has allowed us to focus our time and energy on serving our residents instead of agonizing over the budget.”

Prior to implementing Budget Builder, administrators in both Jackson County and the City of Burnet faced massive technology barriers when they tried to collaborate. Budget teams were forced to spend thousands of hours reconciling dozens of Excel spreadsheets, exchanging email-based proposals, and performing clerical work instead of evaluating proposals and planning proactively.

“Smart budgeting is critical to the efficiency and efficacy of local government,” said OpenGov CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman. “As more and more agencies, cities and counties across the country look to implement OpenGov’s Budget Builder and our other tools, it is clear that the public sector is enthusiastically embracing the power of technology. Our offerings provide governments of all sizes with real-time access to accurate financial data to increase transparency, enhance integrity, encourage cooperation and save valuable time and resources.”

“Harford County, Maryland was in search of a product to streamline what is currently a cumbersome and antiquated budget process. We were thrilled when OpenGov introduced their Budget Builder cloud solution,” said Harford County’s Chief of Budget Kim Spence. “We look forward to working with the OpenGov team to modernize our budget preparation process so that we can continue to serve our citizens in the most efficient and comprehensive way possible!”

Budget Builder – which integrates with OpenGov’s suite of other tools – helps these governments dramatically simplify the budgeting process. Agencies access a single online platform to prepare budgets, report on spending against budgets, analyze other performance metrics, and keep elected officials and citizens better informed about how tax dollars are being spent. Budget Builder empowers administrators in Burnet, Texas to plan out the city’s $28.5 million budget, monitor spending and track investments and debts.

“Budget season has always been an ordeal. I worked late every night for months, and came in on weekends,” said Burnet’s Budget Director Connie Maxwell. “OpenGov has changed our entire process, giving me time to focus on the big issues affecting Burnet. Gone are the days of digging around through spreadsheets and enduring lengthy proposal submission cycles.”

Maxwell adds that the tool has allowed her to cut the time spent on the budget’s clerical work in half.  

About OpenGov

OpenGov’s Smart Government Platform is the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data. Used by over 1,300 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 www.opengov.com.

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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.”

About OpenGov

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 www.opengov.com.

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

OpenGov Streamlines Budgeting Process for Local Governments with Launch of Budget Builder

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Government leaders report time savings of over 50% during their budget cycles, reduced errors, and broader participation using OpenGov’s new Budget Builder software

REDWOOD CITY, Calif – September 14, 2016 – OpenGov, the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data, today announced OpenGov Budget Builder – a smart, streamlined solution that transforms how governments complete their critical annual budget cycle each fiscal year. Governments can now use one platform to prepare the budget, report on spending against the budget, analyze other performance metrics, and broadly inform elected officials and citizens – enabling data-driven decision-making and improved outcomes for the public.

The budget touches communities’ most pressing issues. It allocates public money among competing priorities such as public safety, infrastructure reinvestment, and libraries. This process should run as efficiently and transparently as possible, aligning the current budget with the government’s long-term strategic plan. However, before OpenGov Budget Builder, technological barriers limited collaboration and forced budget teams to spend thousands of hours reconciling dozens of Excel spreadsheets, exchanging email-based proposals, and performing clerical work instead of evaluating proposals, planning proactively, and exploring alternative solutions.

OpenGov Budget Builder solves these problems.

“Budget season has always been an ordeal – I worked late every night, plus through weekends. OpenGov has changed this entire process, giving me back my life and opening up enough time for me to focus on other priorities for the city,” said Connie Maxwell, Budget Director in Burnet, Texas. “Gone are the days of digging around in spreadsheets and enduring lengthy proposal submission cycles. OpenGov has streamlined much of the clerical work involved in budgeting, and I could not be more grateful.”

With Budget Builder, governments of any size can:

  • Collaborate across the organization: Instead of sending dozens of spreadsheets back and forth, departmental budget teams can submit proposals and supporting documents into a central online system. Budget managers and analysts can then approve, comment on, or reject proposals. Managing the entire budget process on a secure, multi-user system reduces errors and enables all budget team members and stakeholders to stay in sync.
  • Save analysts and managers hundreds of hours: By eliminating the need to constantly reconcile dozens of spreadsheets in Excel, scour printed documents, and comb through email chains, Budget Builder lets budget teams and analysts spend their time focusing on crafting a budget that delivers the best services to citizens.
  • Integrate with reporting and open data: Budget teams can create interactive Budget Milestones reports to update elected officials and other stakeholders across the organization. After elected officials adopt a budget, governments can report on performance against the budget, manage budget amendments, and share results with citizens.

“The budget is the heart of the enterprise and money is policy. We’re excited to transform how governments do their most critical work,” explains OpenGov’s CEO and Co-Founder Zac Bookman, “With OpenGov, public agencies can deliver better outcomes through improved budgeting, accurate reporting, data-driven decisions, and clearer communication.”

OpenGov is creating the world’s first Smart Government Platform––the complete cloud solution for budgeting, reporting, and open data. With seamless integration into governments’ existing financial systems, OpenGov gives public agencies immediate insights from their data and maximizes the investment they’ve made in their existing financial systems.

State and local governments across the country are joining the OpenGov Network at a rapid pace; more than 1,200 governments now use the platform including recent launches in San Antonio, Santa Fe, and Washington, DC. Additionally, OpenGov has analyzed more than $1 trillion in revenues and expenditures nationwide, giving these agencies new insights into their data.

About OpenGov

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 www.opengov.com.

John Chambers Joins OpenGov Board of Directors and Invests to Help Governments Better Serve Their Communities

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OpenGov brings financial and performance reporting and transparency to more than 1,000 governments in 46 states as company continues to scale

REDWOOD CITY, Calif — May 26, 2016 —  OpenGov, the market leader in cloud-based financial intelligence, planning, and transparency for government, today announced that John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco, has invested in the company and joined the Board of Directors. The addition of Chambers rounds out an all-star board which includes Palantir Co-Founder Joe Lonsdale, Marc Andreessen, and OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. Investors in the company include Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Thrive Capital, Intuit founder Scott Cook, Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, and Glynn Capital.

OpenGov’s web-based solutions foster widespread internal and external understanding of complex government financials and performance data, enabling data-driven decision-making, optimizing the budgeting and planning process, and building trust inside and outside the organization. Unlocking access to this information leads to improved operational efficiency, years of time saved, and, ultimately, better policy decisions. The OpenGov platform also enables public administrators to engage citizens — online, where they are in this digital era — and provide unprecedented insight into their government’s finances.

Governments that embrace the power of a new digital world can completely transform how citizens, businesses and the public sector interact. Governments that lead in this new digital era will see the results in efficient services to their citizens, job creation, and economic growth. This transition is at an inflection point in all city, state and national governments around the world,” said Chambers. “OpenGov applies the best in technology to bridge these gaps so that governments can truly serve their communities. This is no small task, but an absolutely vital one, and I believe that OpenGov can play a pivotal role in this transition and beyond.”

As OpenGov scales to serve tens of thousands of local and county governments, special districts, school districts, and state/federal agencies, it will draw on Chambers’s vast expertise in building companies and divisions to scale.  At Cisco, Chambers grew the company from $70 million when he joined, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to record revenues of $48.6 billion in FY13.  In addition to his tenure at Cisco, Chambers also spent nearly two decades working on various initiatives that bridge tech and government, dating back to 1997, when he co-founded TechNet, an organization created for the tech industry to educate and engage with Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country.

“While the nation is transfixed with the current presidential election cycle, it’s easy for the role of state and local government to get lost, but these governments serve on the frontlines. They need to operate as efficiently as possible to provide optimized services, collaborate with and across other state and federal agencies, and be ready to show citizens how investments of public money address a community’s most urgent problems,” said Zac Bookman, OpenGov Co-Founder and CEO. “We believe that implementing great technology is the only way these governments will function most effectively.  We are delighted to welcome John and inspired by a shared vision and the challenge of overhauling present systems for a better future.”

State and local governments across the country are adopting OpenGov at a rapid pace, as more than 1,000 governments now use the platform, including recent launches in Washington D.C. Tallahassee, and San Diego. Additionally, OpenGov has analyzed more than $500B in budgets across 46 states

“OpenGov was founded with the belief that new tech-enabled processes could transform the way local, state, and federal governments do business, similar to the recent transformation of business and consumer areas,” said OpenGov Co-founder and Chairman Joe Lonsdale. “Now is the time for networked financial and performance management and budgeting to make its mark on the way our country functions. We’re excited to partner with clients to help bring our governments into the 21st century.”

About OpenGov

OpenGov is transforming the way the world analyzes, shares, compares, and allocates public money.  With more than 1,000 government customers across 46 states in a rapidly expanding network, OpenGov is the market leader in cloud-based performance intelligence and financial transparency.  Founded in 2012 with headquarters in Silicon Valley, and offices in Washington DC and Portland, OpenGov works with leading governments of all sizes such as The State of Ohio, Washington DC,Minneapolis, MN, San Antonio, TX, Palo Alto, CA, Northglenn, CO, and Edgewood, KY. Advisors include former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, former U.S Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, former Mayor of Indianapolis Stephen Goldsmith, and former Mayor of Washington D.C. Adrian Fenty.  Learn more at www.opengov.com.

Accela and OpenGov Partner to Enhance Financial Intelligence and Transparency Within Governments

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SAN RAMON, Calif. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 3, 2016 — Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based productivity and civic engagement solutions for government, and OpenGov, the market leader in cloud-based financial intelligence, planning, and transparency for government, today announced a partnership to bring better data-driven decision making and transparency to city halls and citizens. Integration with Accela’s Finance and Administration solution moves financial data into OpenGov where government officials and citizens gain greater insight into government spending and performance than ever before.

“Accela is committed to delivering solutions that open the lines of communication inside governments and with their constituents,” said Maury Blackman, president and CEO, Accela. “One key aspect to increasing citizen engagement and trust is providing insight into city financials and spending priorities. In addition, by automatically making data available inside and outside government, city officials can make more informed decisions, ultimately saving communities hundreds of hours and significant costs. Through our partnership with OpenGov, governments can build trust within their communities, gain better insight from constituents and improve operations by collaborating with other similar governments.”

OpenGov’s platform enables widespread internal and external understanding of complex multi-fund financials and performance data, enabling better, faster, data-driven decisions, optimizing the budgeting and planning process, and building trust inside and outside the organization. Connectivity with the Accela Civic Platform enables periodic refreshes of data and allows governments to:

  • Share and access financial dashboards that visualize budgets and actuals, helping government employees and elected officials optimize spending and better understand performance throughout the year;
  • Gain on-demand access to transactions, including vendor searches;
  • Realize significant efficiencies responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by giving employees better access to data and enabling citizen self-service;
  • Streamline the benchmarking process by participating in the OpenGov Network, gaining instant access to budget and performance comparisons with other municipalities and enabling better budget decisions;
  • Publish compelling, easy-to-understand, interactive transparency sites that engage constituents and provide them better government visibility.

“With Accela’s comprehensive Civic Platform and OpenGov’s financial and performance reporting, dashboards, and workflow solutions, we are jointly making information more accessible to government employees and the public, and delivering meaningful insight around government processes,” said Zac Bookman, OpenGov Co-Founder and CEO.  “We are proud to bring this great solution to thousands of governments.”

“Integration between Accela’s Finance and Administration solution and OpenGov has transformed the way we share budget and performance data for both government staff and our constituents,” said Jason Loveland, Director of Finance at Northglenn, Colorado. “It is exciting to see the Accela and OpenGov partnership expand. Innovation in government technology from these two leading vendors brings real value to our constituents and to the government staff and elected officials that serve them.”

For more information visit: www.opengov.com and www.accela.com.

About Accela
Accela provides a platform of cloud-based productivity and civic engagement solutions to governments of all sizes worldwide. The Accela Civic Platform includes solutions to cost-effectively manage critical enterprise functions, and mobile apps to foster greater citizen engagement. From asset, land and legislative management to licensing, finance, environmental health and more, Accela’s software drives efficiency for more than 2,200 governments, including over fifty percent of America’s largest cities. The Company was named to Government Technology’s GovTech100 in 2016, a distinction of the top 100 companies focused on government customers. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with offices in San Francisco, New York,Boston, Portland, Melbourne and Dubai. For more information, visit www.accela.com.

About OpenGov
OpenGov is transforming the way the world analyzes, shares, compares, and allocates public money.  With more than 1,000 government customers across 45 states in a rapidly expanding network, OpenGov is the market leader in cloud-based performance intelligence and financial transparency.  Founded in 2012 with headquarters in Silicon Valley, and offices inWashington DC and Portland, OpenGov works with leading governments of all sizes such as The State of Ohio, Washington DC,Minneapolis, MN, San Antonio, TX, Palo Alto, CA, Northglenn, CO, and Edgewood, KY. Learn more at www.opengov.com.

Media Contacts:
Rachel Fukaya
Barokas PR for Accela
(831) 229-5761
Accela@barokas.com

John Marini
OpenGov
jmarini@opengov.com