What Works Cities is an initiative of the Bloomberg Philanthropies focused on bringing open data and data-driven decision making to 100 mid-sized cities across the country.
Earlier this year, Buffalo joined the growing ranks of cities in the What Works Cities program. And just this week, Syracuse also became a What Works Cities program member. Coming on the heels of a successful civic data challenge in Central New York that partnered with the successful Hack Upstate biannual hackathon and AT&T, this bodes well for Upstate.
As more and more cities like Syracuse and Buffalo embrace open data and build partnerships with outside data users, they’ll learn to use data more effectively and foster the growth of innovative new solutions.
It will be interesting to watch as this new program ramps up in these two Upstate cities and new open data sets get released to the public.
And it would be terrific to see another Upstate city join the ranks of What Works Cities.