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City of Fort Collins to Join National What Works Cities Initiative

Released on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Today, City of Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell announced that Fort Collins has been selected as one of five new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector.

Fort Collins will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build capacity to address local issues. The City’s focus and desire is to be a data driven organization that provides a platform for community problem-solving and innovation, which will be enhanced through this partnership.

“As Mayor, I believe and I am committed to using the data available to help our citizens and leaders make the best decisions for Fort Collins now and into the future,” said Mayor Troxell. “The What Works Cities initiative will help us learn and grow our processes in an efficient and sustainable manner that we can build on into the future.”

What Works Cities announced Fort Collins selection today, along with that of Arlington, TX; Charleston, SC; Memphis, TN; and Sioux Falls, SD.

With today’s new participating cities, What Works Cities is now partnering with 85 cities across the country, which is home to more than 27 million people in 37 states and have annual budgets exceeding $94 billion. The initiative will partner with 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2018.

“Across the country, cities of all shapes and sizes are producing better results for their residents by identifying and investing in what works,” said What Works Cities Executive Director Simone Brody. “Cities are increasingly showing themselves as the country’s drivers of progress, and we’re thrilled to welcome these new cities to this growing movement.”

With support from a consortium of expert partners, What Works cities are identifying more effective ways to evaluate programs and improve performance; best use resources to serve their communities; and address a range of social challenges – from public safety to affordable housing. What Works Cities participants also join a growing national network of local leaders and global experts actively sharing best practices for outcomes-focused government.

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

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, which are providing technical assistance to 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2018, 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,” released in June 2017, summarizes cities’ accomplishments with the initiative. For more information, visit