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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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OpenGov Acquires Open Data Leader Ontodia

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Combination of Ontodia’s Open Data and Performance Management Capabilities with OpenGov’s leading Financial Intelligence and Transparency Platform Ushers in Next Wave of Open and Efficient Government

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. –April 13, 2016 – Today OpenGov, the world leader in government financial intelligence, planning, and transparency, expands its platform with the acquisition of Ontodia. Ontodia is the leading provider of Open Data and performance management solutions using CKAN, the premier open-source data-portal for governments around the world. CKAN powers Data.gov, the home of U.S. Government’s Open Data initiative, Data.gov.uk, and hundreds of Open Data solutions for cities, counties, states, and national governments.

Ontodia co-founders Joel Natividad and Sami Baig, two of the most well known CKAN Open Data experts in North America, join OpenGov along with all other Ontodia employees and will work in OpenGov’s New York office.

“We are excited to welcome Joel, Sami, and the entire Ontodia team to the OpenGov family and to become active members of the CKAN developer community,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO and co-founder of OpenGov. “By adding a flexible, open source, Open Data platform and service to our quickly expanding portfolio of government financial solutions, we are getting one step closer to realizing our vision of transforming how governments analyze, share, compare, and allocate public money and to improve how the world’s most important industry serves us all.”

“In the future, technology will play a huge role in tracking the trillions of dollars that flow through state and local governments, helping to better allocate resources and share best practices,” said Joe Lonsdale, Chairman and co-founder of OpenGov. “Open-source platforms have an important role to play in furthering a transparent ecosystem that supports government decision making, and I’m excited about how Ontodia will allow us to extend OpenGov’s impact.”

Ontodia adds enhanced Open Data, Performance Management, and Data Analytics to OpenGov’s Financial Intelligence and Transparency solution, and enhances the OpenGov Network which includes over 1,000 cities, counties, state agencies, schools, and special districts. New capabilities include:

  • Managed Open Data using CKAN
    Customers can now augment their OpenGov financial and performance data with on-premise or cloud-hosted Open Data libraries that combine the benefits of a standards-based, open-source platform with the confidence of a fully managed service that has been simplified for deployment by governments of all sizes. This service will help governments gain greater insights into their financial performance and enable them to develop additional mission-critical applications that power their operations and improve civic engagement.      
  • Publicly-Available CivicDashboards
    CivicDashboards expands OpenGov’s existing repository of current, transaction-level multi-fund government financial data by adding the world’s largest publicly-available repository of location-specific data and preloaded maps from high-value data sources such as the U.S. Census, FBI, USPTO, SOCDS Building Permits, U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Dept of Education, Dept of Labor, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Labor Statistics, and Dept of Commerce for over 3,000 counties and 35,000 townships and municipalities in the United States.  
  • Customizable Performance Dashboards
    CivicDashboards serve as a framework for building sophisticated operational dashboards for staff, managers, elected officials, and citizens with data from CKAN and other Open Data sources.

“We started Ontodia four and a half years ago with a grand ambition for linking Open Data to drive better transparency and results for governments across the globe.”, said Joel Natividad, former CEO of Ontodia and now Director of Open Data at OpenGov. “This path led us to develop numerous innovative solutions, including NYCDataWeb, NYCFacets, NYCpedia, Hosted CKAN, and CivicDashboards. Now that we’re part of the OpenGov family, we will be on the front lines of enabling the 21st century connected governments we expect and deserve.”

Seth Wainer, Chief Information Officer, Newark NJ, said “Ontodia was instrumental in establishing the Newark Open Data site, a watershed moment in Mayor Baraka’s Newark 3.0 initiative. We wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are without Ontodia’s talented efforts.”

Check out our blog for more discussion on this exciting announcement!

About OpenGov

OpenGov is transforming the way the world analyzes, shares, compares, and allocates public money.  With more than 1000 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 in Washington DC, Portland, and New York, 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.

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First Five California Counties Partner with OpenGov through Innovate Your State Grants

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OpenGov and Innovate Your State today announced that five California counties — Kern, Sutter, Placer, Napa, and Mendocino — have come forward as the first organizations to take advantage of grants offered by Innovate Your State to use the OpenGov platform for financial transparency and performance intelligence. With the addition of these organizations, there are now 17 California counties that have deployed, or are in the process of deploying, OpenGov to give more than 10 million residents instant access to their county’s finances in an intuitive, digital format.

“Kern County is pleased to build on its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association with the adoption of the OpenGov financial transparency and reporting platform,” commented Jason Wiebe, Administrative Analyst, Kern County Administrative Office. “Kern County continues to be a leader in providing accurate, timely, and transparent financial data to the public and for internal analysis. The OpenGov platform fits perfectly with our goal of being a leader in open data, transparency, and citizen engagement.”

Key facts and figures:

  • Five counties have taken advantage of the Innovate Your State grant program to cover their first year of service on the OpenGov platform.
  • One in four California counties now use OpenGov.
  • Once deployed, more than 10 million residents will have access to their county’s finances through OpenGov.

OpenGov’s web-based platform gives administrators the ability to share financial and performance data with anyone who needs it — inside or outside their government. It allows staff, managers, department heads, and elected officials to quickly understand current budgets and actual expenditures, compare current and historical data across departments, understand progress to goals, and streamline the budgeting process. By unlocking this information, government staff are improving operational efficiency, improving spending power, and making better data-driven policy decisions. The OpenGov platform also enables public administrators to engage citizens and build trust through unprecedented insight into their government’s finances.

“One in four California counties now use OpenGov to manage their financial and performance data,” said OpenGov Co-Founder and CEO Zac Bookman. “Because of this excellent opportunity to collaborate with Innovate Your State, five more California county governments have gained access to cutting-edge OpenGov technology, with many more right behind them.”

“The idea behind Innovate Your State’s Fix California Challenge was to find venture governance ideas that could fundamentally improve government,” said Tim Draper, founder of Innovate Your State. “The OpenGov platform advances our shared mission to make public administration more transparent, data-driven, and efficient. This is a fresh approach to the way citizens and county officials access and engage with government finance and performance data.”

Limited grant funds are still available, and interested counties should act soon. The first California counties that purchase the OpenGov platform and complete the reimbursement grant application will be eligible for a reimbursement grant from Innovate Your State for the first year of service. Counties wishing to learn more about the Innovate Your State OpenGov grant can get started by visiting http://info.opengov.com/innovate-your-state.

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Marc Andreessen Joins OpenGov Board of Directors

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Today, OpenGov, the market leader in cloud-based performance intelligence and financial transparency for government, announced that Marc Andreessen is joining the company’s Board of Directors. The announcement comes as the company closes an oversubscribed funding round totaling $25 million. The round included existing investors Formation 8 Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, and AITV, as well as new investors Glynn Capital, Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, and Intuit founder Scott Cook. Andreessen Horowitz led OpenGov’s $15 million Series B round last year.

OpenGov’s web-based solutions equip government administrators with the tools they need to measure budget to actual expenditures, monitor financial operations and performance metrics, compare data across departments and with other governments, and streamline the budgeting process. 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 — where they are in this digital era, online — and build trust through unprecedented insight into their government’s finances.

“Software is eating the business of governing,” Andreessen said, “and OpenGov is changing the future of government, giving public agencies at all levels the kinds of financial tools that successful companies use to analyze and manage their business. Better data means a better run government — and that’s good for all of us. I’m thrilled to be part of this mission.”

OpenGov Co-founder and Chairman Joe Lonsdale welcomed Andreessen to the board, “It’s exciting to have the support of Marc Andreessen, who – along with myself, Zac and the team – shares a passion for innovating alongside public servants to bring government into the 21st century.”

As a member of the Board of Directors, Andreessen will help guide the company’s mission to build the cloud platform to power the 21st century government, and provide advice on the company’s growth. Andreessen is an active, participating member of nine other Boards, including Facebook and HP.

“At OpenGov, we are committed to engaging the best minds in the tech industry to help shape the future of government,” said Zac Bookman, OpenGov Co-Founder and CEO. “It is inspiring as a CEO to have the passionate support of some of the greatest investors and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. It is a vote of confidence in OpenGov, and in the power of govtech.”

OpenGov has grown rapidly. The company has more than doubled its customer base since the beginning of the year. It now provides financial intelligence and transparency tools to more than 500 governments in 44 states, boosted by a major statewide initiative in Ohio to bring OpenGov to every local governing entity in the state. OpenGov has added several major U.S. cities this year such as Miami, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and San Diego. This growth and vision has led the World Economic Forum to name OpenGov as a Technology Pioneer, a distinction the Forum gives to only 49 companies worldwide each year.

With the new funding, the company plans to continue its momentum by hiring top new talent, aggressively developing the OpenGov platform to better serve its government customers’ needs, and expanding its reach to every government in the U.S.

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Ohio’s Local Governments Open Checkbooks to Citizens

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First state-wide effort to bring open finances to every local governing entity kicks off

OpenGov was founded on a simple premise: that technology can transform the way governments do business. Since our founding in 2012, we have worked toward this goal by building a cloud-based platform that makes data easy to manage for government officials and administrators and easy to understand for citizens. The OpenGov platform makes governments more efficient, and it enables citizens to be better informed.

But technology alone is not enough to fulfill our mission – our country needs government leaders who embrace technology and believe that budget transparency matters. We need leaders who are committed to giving citizens real insight into how their tax dollars are being spent and unafraid of embracing innovation.

Over the past few years, we’ve met and worked with leaders like this in cities of all sizes across the U.S. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is the first state government leader to launch a financial transparency effort on this scale. In April, he made an unprecedented statewide commitment to financial transparency – to bring checkbook-level spending detail to all 3,962 local government entities in the state through OhioCheckbook.com, powered by OpenGov.

Since that announcement, OpenGov has been working with local governments across Ohio to transform their financial data – often confined in static spreadsheets – into an intuitive, interactive platform. Today, 114 Ohio governments have joined the OhioCheckbook.com platform including 40 cities and villages, 32 townships, 8 counties, 32 school districts and 2 special districts. In total, these governments have put more than 6 million individual checkbook entries online representing $14.2 billion in spending. Hundreds more government entities will join them in the coming months.

With a few clicks, users can answer questions such as “how much money has the government spent in total on street lights?” or “which departments spent the most money last month?” With this initiative, Ohio is truly setting the gold standard for transparency in government spending, making millions of local government checkbook entries available to citizens in an easy-to-use digital format.

With OpenGov Checkbook technology, citizens and administrators alike can search millions of individual checkbook entries in a fast, digital format. Here are just a few of the features:

  • Faster search. Users can search by a specific department, date, vendor, or use the Google-style search bar, which will return any value in the report that matches the entered text. Keywords may be searched by simply clicking on the term – one of the most popular ways to explore the data.
  • Clear data visualization for better insights. Interactive data visualizations make it easier to analyze historical trends and compare spending across vendors and departments. For example, users can quickly explore what a department spends on a particular vendor year over year, and then drill into a specific vendor and see the actual expenses.
  • More ways to share. The share menu enables users to share their filter selection by email or on social media. The data may also be downloaded for further analysis.
  • Visualize each expense as a “check”. Individual expenses can be visualized as they would in a printed check format. Pull up the check representation by simply clicking a row and selecting ‘View Check Details’.

Internally, the OpenGov platform helps administrators manage their operations. By moving government financial data into a searchable online platform, public administrators can better analyze historical trends, manage current year operations, and plan for the future. Like Treasurer Mandel, local government leaders across the country are recognizing these benefits and joining the movement for greater financial transparency and efficiency.

OpenGov is proud to share in this vision.  Already working with more than 500 governments nationwide – including cities like Miami, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh – we are excited and honored to further expand our platform in the state of Ohio.


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Introducing OpenGov Intelligence™

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Discover more, save time, and empower everyone with data insights

We are thrilled to introduce OpenGov Intelligence™, the next generation of OpenGov’s operational reporting technology for 21st century governing. OpenGov Intelligence enables administrators to discover, share, and compare data across departments and even other governments. It speeds up report generation, expands the range of reports administrators can create and integrates current data.

“OpenGov Intelligence is the solution to some of our customers’ biggest pain points and hindered workflows,” said Zac Bookman OpenGov CEO Co-Founder. “We believe that transparency starts from within. With these powerful internal reporting capabilities, we’re empowering all members of the enterprise to make better use of their data and apply it to monthly, weekly and even daily decision making.”

OpenGov Intelligence™ builds on our award-winning transparency technology that transforms complex financial data into intuitive, interactive visualizations for everyone to better understand. With OpenGov Intelligence, government officials and department heads gain unprecedented access to information that improves efficiency and leads to better policy decisions.

What’s new with OpenGov Intelligence:

  • Visualize anything with new report types. Go beyond budget and General Ledger reports to understand any aspect of your operations. Link data to your chart of accounts to allow you to create and explore new multi-fund reports with a few clicks.
  • Work with non-financial data. Upload any and all non-financial data (e.g., crime statistics, response times, utilities consumption, environmental data, etc.) and share internally or externally.
  • Share and distribute reports internally. Sharing permissions allow you to create reports for managers, mayors, department heads, and anyone inside your government. Now you can create internal reports, or more easily review external reports before they are published.
  • Simplify your Chart of Accounts. Ensure that complex financial data is presented in a way that non-financial personnel can easily understand and use with our new Chart of Accounts “masking” capability.
  • Simplify your budget process with new Budget Milestone Reports. Publish budgets for internal and external review, throughout the budget process.

The finance department in McKinney, TX uses OpenGov Intelligence to share real-time year-to-date operational insights with their department heads and save valuable staff time. The team can evaluate revenues and expenses against previous years and immediately determine whether their department is self-sustaining. The City also built their Employee Compensation report using OpenGov Intelligence, gaining new insights into payroll data.