Las Vegas among cities chosen for $42M Bloomberg better-data initiative

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Thirteen cities from Anchorage, Alaska, to Waco, Texas, are getting help from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to do better at using data.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is announcing the latest round of “What Works Cities” selections Thursday. The $42 million program ultimately will provide 100 American cities with expert help to make data publicly accessible, incorporate it better into decision-making and evaluate programs.

The first eight choices were announced in August.

Besides Anchorage and Waco, the newcomers include Cambridge, Massachusetts; Denton, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Independence, Missouri, and two cities in Washington state: Bellevue and Tacoma.

They’re joined by Lexington, Kentucky; Saint Paul, Minnesota; Las Vegas and two California cities: San Jose and San Francisco.

They’ll work on issues including economic development, job creation, public safety and affordable housing.

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