A quick look at news stories this week featuring Bloomberg Cities’ programs and partners.
Naperville launches an Open Data web portal, providing visitors a range of figures and statistical information they can navigate through a dashboard interface, including financial and public safety numbers. With the help of What Works Cities, Naperville plans to increase transparency and improve coordination and efficiency internally by making the data publicly available. The new portal will also highlight the city’s progress toward long-term goals set by leadership. (Naperville Patch)
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently signed the city’s $3.15 billion Fiscal Year 2018 budget, allowing for more investment in neighborhood services with the aim of building on the success of existing programs. “This budget invests in our broadest vision of the future and in the details that support quality of life every day,” said Mayor Walsh. “Behind each line in the budget is a person and a neighborhood benefiting from these city services. It reflects the voices and the values of the people of Boston, and it is one that we can be proud of as a City.” (City of Boston)
The city of Durham, N.C., opened a new Development Services Center (DSC), bringing together over 20 city and county departments, state agencies, and advisory boards. The Services Center will allow residents to meet with customer service specialists and gather information on the time and cost involved in getting a planned project approved. With the help of What Works Cities, the city has developed goals for the DSC and set up a system to track progress. (Medium)
Are you passionate about local government? The city of Peoria, Ill., is looking for a program director. The director will provide overall financial and operational management leadership for the City’s PeoriaCorps program and the Mayor’s Summer Youth Program.
And in case you missed it, make sure to check out this week’s SPARK newsletter. Our main feature focuses on the challenge Los Angeles faces with affordable housing and how Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A.’s i-team are uncovering new ways to tackle this.