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City Council hears update on Asheville’s new Office of Data and Performance

  Money reallocated in the budget as part of Reimagining Public Safety is being reinvested into a new initiative designed to increase transparency in government and provide data-driven accountability to our community.   During their Jan. 26 meeting, staff provided an update to City Council on the City’s newly launched Office of Data and Performance. [...]

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City of Asheville establishes Office of Data and Performance

    Over the last decade, the City of Asheville has worked to build a data culture to drive policy development and support decision making. Beginning in 2012 with the City’s first open data efforts, the City has steadily built data capacity. Over the past two years, these efforts have culminated in a multidisciplinary governance team with [...]

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Asheville’s 30/60/90 Day Plan transitions to a sustained effort: Advancing Racial Equity in Asheville 

  From the start, City Manager Debra Campbell said Asheville’s 30/60/90 Day Plan was only the beginning and would serve as a foundation for a more holistic approach to incorporating racial equity into City operations. At the Dec. 8 City Council meeting, she unveiled the next step and it is intended to be a step that [...]

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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for a new City Manager [...]

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Asheville Police Department releases use of force data

    In a continuing effort to increase transparency and provide the community with access to data, the Asheville Police Department has worked in partnership with several community members to release use of force data online through the City of Asheville Open data Portal.   The data will include all records on/after Jan. 1, 2018. The data [...]

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Asheville Police release citizen complaint and 9-1-1 call data on Open Data Portal

  In a continuing effort to increase transparency and provide the community with access to data, the Asheville Police Department has worked in partnership with several community members to release citizen complaint and 9-1-1 call data online through the City of Asheville Open Data Portal.   APD Citizen Complaints: Data includes all complaints made on/after January [...]

City of Asheville earns Amazon IT award

  Amazon Web Services recently recognized the City of Asheville as winner of its mid-sized cities Dream Big Award for its equity work, particularly related to using open data as a tool to help identify opportunities to contract with minority business owners.   The award was part of Amazon Web Services’ 2018 City on a Cloud Winners announced [...]

What do you want to know, Asheville? Just ask newly upgraded SimpliCity 2.0 search tool

    From trash collection days to crime, from properties to neighborhoods, Asheville residents have been able to look up local data by address on SimpliCity since it launched in 2015.   Now, with SimpliCity 2.0, residents can access even more information, including integrated topic dashboards like the City budget and capital and bond projects, with many more to [...]

Find more local information with launch of SimpliCity 2.0

What do you want to know, Asheville? From neighborhood information to the City budget, mine data on an updated version of the City’s searchable tool, SimpliCity.   First launched in 2015, this award-winning online tool provides useful information on city development, tax values, even trash and recycling pickup schedules.   What’s new with SimpliCity 2.0? Now it [...]