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Tovo representing Austin in Paris
Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Jo Clifton
Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo is in Paris this week, representing Austin in the Open Government Partnership, an international consortium made up of 70 countries – representing 2 billion people – as well as 15 cities. Austin is the only city in the United States to be chosen as a member of the partnership. The group’s mission is to facilitate collaboration between governments and citizens on innovations to improve transparency and open government. Originally, all members were sovereign nations, but in 2015 cities and other subnational governments were asked to apply to join the group, including Paris; Madrid; Seoul; Buenos Aires; São Paulo; Tbilisi, Georgia; Jalisco, Mexico; Kigoma, Tanzania; Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya; and La Libertad, Peru, according to information from Tovo’s office. Mayor Steve Adler had been scheduled to attend the conference but had a conflict and asked Tovo if she could represent the city. Tovo plans to attend meetings with approximately 3,000 other members of the Open Government Partnership, as well as with nonprofit organizations that may be able to help Austin and further innovation in transparency.