In case you missed it, here's Information Week's Travis Korte on one of the key challenges facing municipal government--especially in the world's major cities: deploying analytics to track problems, and progress in tackling them.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's inaugural State of the City remarks set an ambitious liberal agenda. Covering topics including income inequality, education, and environmental sustainability, de Blasio will have his work cut out for him as he challenges some of the city's most deeply rooted problems.
One way his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, worked to address city challenges was with municipal data analytics programs and an overarching, data-driven mindset. Building on Bloomberg's successes with data policies and applying lessons from other cities, de Blasio can make great strides toward improving the quality of life for New York City's 8.3 million residents.
Jobs and economic development
Mayor de Blasio has proposed a variety of measures around job training, including creating a system to connect job seekers with various programs. Centralizing data from the city's various unconnected job-placement systems is a step in the right direction, but New York should also apply analytics to match job seekers with jobs and training opportunities. Such systems, deployed in the private sector, could broaden opportunities for the city's nearly 700,000 unemployed workers.
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