Broad participation by residents in government and public life strengthens democracy and governance at the local level, resulting in a more informed and inclusive community built on trust that can more effectively meet the needs of all stakeholders. In addition to the traditional citizen participation in government, information collected through open data programs offers another avenue to improve governmental transparency, performance, and spur economic growth.
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by Julie Bosland
On January 16, the nation celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service, a "day on, not a day off." But in cities across America, the focus on service does not end there. Municipal…