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Chattanooga among winners in open-data contest

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By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Eight cities from Jackson, Mississippi, 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
  • 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.

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