NEW YORK (AP) — Eight cities from Louisville to Seattle are the first winners in a $42 million, 100-city data-use contest sponsored by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation.
Bloomberg Philanthropies is announcing the first winners Wednesday in its "What Works Cities" initiative. They also include Chattanooga, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Mesa, Arizona; New Orleans, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
They’ll get expert help to make data publicly accessible, incorporate it better into decision-making and evaluate programs.
"What Works Cities" was announced in April. It’s open to U.S. cities of 100,000 to 1 million people.
More winners will be chosen through 2017.
It’s the latest in a series of Bloomberg Philanthropies competitions promoting innovation in city government.