(Miami, FL March 28, 2017) – Today, the City of Miami was selected as one of 10 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities (WWC) initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Miami will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build capacity to address local issues. Miami’s first priority as part of this initiative is to streamline the building and permitting process.
Miami’s selection, along with that of nine other new cities, was announced today by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at the second annual What Works Cities Summit, taking place March 28-29 in New York City. The event is gathering more than 300 participating mayors, city managers, chief data and innovation officers and other frontline practitioners to learn from experts and each other. From the City of Miami, Chief Innovation Officer Mike Sarasti and Strategic Planning and Performance Manager Cheriene Floyd are attending.
There are 77 mid-sized U.S. Cities now partnering with What Works Cities. Miami and the following cities are the latest to commit publicly to enhancing their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents: Augusta, GA; Corona, CA; Gilbert, AZ; Indianapolis, IN; Lewisville, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Orlando, FL; Tyler, TX; and Washington, D.C.