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Open Providence Commission Public Hearing, May 21

Open Providence | Public Hearing

A Public Hearing and Discussion Meeting organized by The Open Providence Commission for Transparency & Accountability

Hosted by the Rhode Island School of Design

Monday, May 21
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence.

Open Providence

  • What municipal information do you want to know & how can the City best provide it to you?
  • How can we best measure our city government’s delivery of services and hold it accountable?
  • What technologies can PVD utilize to improve communication and give better information to its citizens?
  • What are your concerns, issues, ideas and proposals?

Come share them at this public hearing and discussion!

Opening remarks from Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and City Council President Solomon

Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Open Providence Commission was established by Mayor Taveras and the Providence City Council to assess and research the current openness and transparency of our city government, and propose ways to make municipal information and the workings of city government more accessible and more accountable to the public.


Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability

In November 2011 the Providence City Council created the Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability. Bringing together city employees, outside experts and everyday citizens, the Commission is seeking to help city residents better engage with their government using technology. The mandate is:

  • Propose a mechanism to make public information, hearings and votes accessible by suggesting changes to the way information is organized and presented on the City’s website; and
  • Investigate current technologies and propose the development of a state of the art citizen dashboard and applications to provide new capabilities that government departments can harness to improve services and responsiveness to its constituency at a lower cost; and
  • Develop a feasible plan for implementation with consideration of the challenges inherent in the training and cultural change which is necessary for the adoption of new policies and technologies within city government.

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