The platform, made available through the Commission’s Strategic Information Office, was launched by Yarmouth, Provincetown and Falmouth. It represents a close, hands-on collaboration between the towns and Commission with several months of work translating financial data with staff in each town.
"The Commission relies on technology to further its mission in supporting communities and decision-making across the region,” Executive Director Paul Niedzwiecki said. “The partnership with OpenGov will help pilot towns achieve a level of transparency that residents increasingly expect."
Powered by OpenGov’s Smart Government CloudTM, the platform will help these Cape towns with budget planning, improve internal data management, and make important information easily accessible to residents, elected officials and administrators. By letting residents track how their tax dollars are being spent, the platform is intended to help build greater trust in government and increase civic engagement.
“Through this Cape-wide working partnership, we can all bring transparency to the public’s business and efficiency to our operations,” said Provincetown Town Manager David B. Panagore. “Provincetown’s growing on-line presence has provided a better window into our operations and now with OpenGov we can offer public access to our financial information says.”
Residents from Yarmouth, Provincetown and Falmouth are now able to download the data to review, and share over email and social media.
“We’re excited to partner with the Cape Cod Commission to harness the power of technology to increase government effectiveness and accountability across these three communities,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “Whether improving bike lanes or repaving streets, public officials are now able to easily report and track financial information, and local residents can see how their tax dollars are being spent.”
The Cape Cod Commission joins more than 1,500 local governments nationwide who rely on OpenGov’s next generation cloud software. The City of Boston recently launched its updated Open Data platform, “Analyze Boston” supported by the OpenGov Smart Government Cloud. Boston has curated high-quality, up-to-date datasets to develop a platform that is widely accessible. Analyze Boston supports the publication of the City's public data, letting citizens easily find facts, figures, and maps related to life in Boston.