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Denver picked for better-data initiative

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 13:27:05-05

Thirteen cities, including Denver, 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.

The newcomers are Denver, Anchorage (Alaska), Waco & Denton (Texas), Cambridge (Massachusetts),  Independence (Missouri) Bellevue and Tacoma (Washington), Lexington (Kentucky), Saint Paul (Minnesota), Las Vegas, San Jose and San Francisco.

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