What Works Cities Partnership


The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County has been selected as one of 95 cities partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies' national What Works Cities initiative, one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Athens-Clarke County will receive expert technical assistance in its partnership with the Center for Government Excellence at John Hopkins University and Results for America, two of five organizations within the What Works Cities consortium.  

The goal of this partnership engagement is to develop a performance management program that will measure and communicate our progress towards achieving Mayor and Commission strategic priorities by focusing initially on our strategic commitment of Economic Prosperity as a proof of concept to demonstrate the value of using performance data to inform decisions and promote citizen engagement. What Works Cities, Results for America and the Center for Government Excellence at John Hopkins University will be providing Athens-Clarke County with connection to a network, comprised of other partner cities across the United States, guidance and proactive support based on best practices at no monetary cost to Athens-Clarke County. The engagement will last approximately 120 days, ending in February 2018.

For additional information about the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County's work on this project, contact Sarah George in Organizational Development at 706-613-3110 ext. 1300 or Sarah.George@accgov.com.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars. For more information, please visit bloomberg.org.

About What Works Cities
What Work Cities, launched in April 2015, is one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance cities’ use of data and evidence. Through the initiative’s expert partners, cities around the country are receiving support, guidance and resources to succeed. In 2016, What Works Cities was named by Forbes as “one of the ten most promising philanthropic bets” of the year and by Engaging Local Government Leaders as the “most important company operating in the local government arena.” In March 2017, the initiative launched What Works Cities Certification, the first-ever national standard for data-driven governance. The report “What Works Cities: How Local Governments Are Changing Lives” summarizes cities’ accomplishments with the initiative. For more information, visit whatworkscities.bloomberg.org.

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