Less than a month after guest blogger Chris Nunes wrote about the need for a more accessible, digestible budget for the City of New Bedford, Mayor Jon Mitchell announces plans to address that very issue. While we’d love to think that this blog had something to do with it, the move is part of a broader strategy to bring New Bedford into the 21st century through hardware and software updates that are long overdue (as evidenced by the fact that the current system requires accurate entry of letters and numbers, something that harkens back to the era of MS-DOS and Carmen Sandiego). “Overdue” as in, the last system was adopted in 1989. Read more about upgrades in this Standard Times article.
These upgrades represent an important step in moving the city toward the adoption of CitiStat, a performance measurement platform Mayor Mitchell discussed frequently during his campaign. And speaking of CitiStat, the Collins Center at UMass Boston is hosting a day-long conference on Thursday, May 24 on the topic of data-driven municipal performance measurement for CitiStat users and non-users alike. Read more about that event here, and be sure to tell all your friends in local government!