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Austin’s transparency earns it Pioneer City status

Friday, April 15, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

The city of Austin has been chosen to participate in a program in which municipal and regional governments will collaborate to come up with innovative ways to use technology to improve transparency in governance. Austin is the only city in the United States to be chosen as a participant in the program, which is led by the Open Government Partnership. The other participants, all dubbed “Pioneer Cities,” will be Paris; Madrid; Sao Paulo; Seoul, Korea; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Tbilisi, Georgia; and Sekondi-Tarokadi, Ghana. The participating regional governments will be: Ontario, Canada; Scotland, United Kingdom; Bojonegoro, Indonesia; La Libertad, Peru; Egeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya; Jalisco, Mexico; and Kigoma, Tanzania. Austin was chosen to participate because of its track record with implementing transparency initiatives. In the announcement about Austin’s selection, Open Government Partnership Chief Executive Sanjay Pradhan said that Austin, alongside the other Pioneer Cities, has implemented programs that are “some of the most interesting reform and innovation we’re seeing anywhere in the world. I am so excited about this wealth of interest in transforming people’s experience of their governments at a local level.”

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