Chattanooga data efforts get boost from Bloomberg

Chattanooga is among the first eight cities selected for a nationwide initiative to improve government performance and transparency through civic data.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities is providing support and training for midsize cities. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation is spending $42 million over three years to connect cities with experts in data analysis, administration and transparency.

More than 100 cities applied for the first round. Others announced Wednesday include Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Mesa, Arizona; New Orleans, Louisiana; Seattle, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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