Podcast: Leveraging Data to Improve Local Government with Zach Markovits, What Works Cities

Update: Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative More than Halfway to Goal of Supporting 100 Mid-Sized US Cities


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In a wide ranging interview,  Zach Markovits, Director of City Programs, What Works Cities, discusses:


  • His celebrity look-alike,
  • East Coast vs. West Coast,
  • Three facts about What Works Cities that are not on their website,
  • How What Works Cities can help cities of all size,
  • If open data scares local government leaders,
  • How civil servants are cities’ most under-used asset,
  • Three biggest challenges faced by What Works Cities,
  • The upcoming 2016 Center for Priority Based Budgeting Conference,
  • Whether What Works Cities will ever work themselves out of a job, and
  • Becoming a professional cellist.

Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, What Works Cities is a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents.

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