ClearGov Expands to Provide Government Transparency for Over Half of US Population

by Chris Bullock

Municipal Financial Sites for 18,000+ Local Governments Across 20 States Now Available

Wayland, MA (December 12, 2016)  – ClearGov, a leading municipal transparency and benchmarking platform, announced today that its InsightsTM municipal database now covers over 60% of the US population.  Through its unique interactive infographic approach ClearGov is proactively bringing enhanced transparency to 18,870 municipalities across 20 states serving an aggregate population of 200+ million people.  With this announcement the ClearGov platform now boasts the world’s largest public collection of local government financial profiles.

“ClearGov is on a mission to revolutionize government transparency,” said CEO and Founder Chris Bullock. “Unlike any other organization, we proactively provide enhanced transparency to the public using open data sourced from local, state and national resources.   We take great care to provide this information in a user-friendly format so all taxpayers, whether they have financial expertise or not, can find the information about how their tax dollars are being spent and get a better picture of how their local government operates and makes decisions.”

ClearGov transforms complex financial municipal data into easy-to-understand infographics.  Through ClearGov’s proprietary benchmarking algorithm the site automatically compares the revenues and expenditures of local governments to their statistical peer communities to provide context for visitors.  Local governments can upgrade their ClearGov page to enhance their financial profile with more current and granular detail and to unlock enhanced data modules to help better tell their financial story.  Over 50 communities have leveraged the ClearGov platform to better communicate their financial story and gather insights into their municipal budget in comparison to peer communities.

The ClearGov InsightsTM database also enables local government officials to easily create custom benchmarking analyses.  These comparisons against similar communities empower these officials to make more informed and data-driven budgetary and policy decisions.

“Governments are often criticized for putting out complicated financial information which is hard to understand and lacks comparative context,” added Audrey Hall, VP of Business Development.  “Local governments can leverage ClearGov’s platform to put those numbers in the context of the bigger picture to help drive public trust and support.  These municipalities are not just providing transparency, they are providing clarity, which is a powerful shift in intention.”

 

About ClearGov

ClearGov transforms city and town financial statements into easy-to-understand infographics to help citizens better understand how their tax dollars are being put to use.  Local governments leverage ClearGov to more clearly communicate their financial performance in an effort to build citizen trust and participation through transparency.   ClearGov also provides valuable municipal benchmarking intelligence to help government leaders make more informed and data-driven policy and budgetary decisions while opening the door wider to sharing best practices between municipalities.

 

ClearGov Partners with City of Decatur to Launch Georgia Transparency Initiative

by Chris Bullock

 

Boston, MA (August 29, 2016)  – ClearGov announced today that it has partnered with the City of Decatur to launch a first of its kind fiscal transparency website in Georgia.  The new site will enable taxpayers to clearly see how Decatur is funded and how this funding is allocated to provide services to its residents.

In conjunction with the launch of Decatur’s transparency website, ClearGov announced today the addition all municipalities in the State of Georgia, including 535 cities and towns, to its platform.

“Having an engaged community has always been important to Decatur as we believe an informed community is an engaged partner with government,” said Peggy Merriss, City Manager of Decatur.  “Providing open access to financial information is critical to building and keeping the public trust, encourages accountability, and improves the understanding of how tax money is spent within the City,” she continued.

ClearGov sources publicly available financial data on municipalities to create easy-to-understand transparency websites for thousands of municipalities across the United States, which are made available to the public for free.  Municipalities can choose to upgrade and enhance their publicly available transparency site with more robust information and provide context through commentary on the figures.

Decatur is the first municipality in Georgia to upgrade its ClearGov page to offer more timely and detailed information to its residents.  The platform is not only designed to provide the public access to historical financials and forward-looking budgets, but also provide a centralized source of financial data and benchmarking analytics to city officials to make more informed policy and budgetary decisions.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Decatur to support their efforts towards increasing transparency and, most importantly, fostering a deeper understanding of how their government works” said Chris Bullock, CEO of ClearGov.  “We hope that other communities in Georgia recognize this new bar that Decatur has set and join Decatur in ClearGov’s growing community of forward-thinking municipalities.”

To visit Decatur’s ClearGov page visit:

http://www.cleargov.com/georgia/dekalb/city/decatur/2015

 

About Decatur, GA

Decatur is a city in, and county seat of, DeKalb County, Georgia, and has a population of approximately 21,000 people. Founded in 1822, the city has a traditional small-town atmosphere–and the sophistication and excitement of a college town–along with all the benefits of living in a major metropolitan area.  The city is minutes east of downtown Atlanta, minutes west of Stone Mountain, and is easily accessible via the MARTA rail station.

About ClearGov

ClearGov transforms city and town financial statements into accessible, easy-to-understand infographics to help citizens better understand how their tax dollars are being put to use.  Local governments leverage ClearGov to more clearly communicate their financial performance in an effort to build citizen trust and participation through transparency. ClearGov also provides valuable municipal benchmarking intelligence to help government leaders make more informed and data-driven policy and budgetary decisions while opening the door wider to sharing best practices between municipalities.

ClearGov Launches Colorado Municipal Transparency Initiative

by Chris Bullock

Pueblo West to Showcase ClearGov’s Enhanced Transparency Solutions

Hopkinton, MA (July 18, 2016)  – ClearGov, a leading municipal transparency and benchmarking platform, announced today that is has launched fiscal transparency sites for 353 municipalities in the State of Colorado, including 73 cities, 196 towns and 84 metropolitan districts.  The new tool will enable taxpayers to clearly see how their city, town or district is funded and how this funding is allocated to provide services to residents.  The tool also provides visitors additional context to the revenues and expenditures by benchmarking statistically similar communities.

ClearGov sources publicly available financial data on municipalities to create easy-to-understand transparency websites for thousands of municipalities across the United States, which are made available to the public for free.  Municipalities can choose to enhance their publicly available transparency site with more robust information by upgrading to the ClearGov Plus+ service.  Pueblo West Metropolitan district is the first municipality in Colorado to upgrade its ClearGov page to offer more timely and detailed information to its residents.

“We believe government at all levels has a responsibility to be open and transparent,” said Darrin Tangeman, District Manager.  “ClearGov helps us promote transparency in a way that the average citizen can understand,” he continued.  Pueblo West will integrate ClearGov into a newly revised website to be launched on July 25th.

In addition to transparency tools, ClearGov equips municipalities with back-office benchmarking software to help government officials make more informed and data-driven budgetary and policy decisions.

“Coloradans are known for their innovative government, so we are excited to find a forward-thinking partner in Pueblo West to introduce the ClearGov platform to Colorado,” said Chris Bullock, CEO of ClearGov.  “It is our hope that increased transparency will help drive citizen trust and engagement across Colorado by providing easier access to the inner workings of government.”

 

To explore Colorado municipalities on ClearGov visit:

http://www.cleargov.com/colorado

 

To visit Pueblo West’s ClearGov page visit:

http://www.cleargov.com/colorado/pueblo/metropolitan-district/pueblo-west/2015