Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Jackson government becomes more transparent

The city of Jackson unveiled its new data portal at a press conference yesterday.   Citizens will be able to obtain more information about their city and see how their government operates.  Mayor Yarber said at a press conference that the project will make the government more transparent to its citizens.  The video of the short press conference and a press release are posted below. 

City of Jackson Unveils New Open Data Portal That Makes Key Government 
Data More Accessible to the Public 

Mayor Tony T. Yarber on Monday, April 4, unveiled a new open data portal that will make government information and data more accessible to the public while helping to improve City of Jackson operations. The portal, data.jacksonms.gov, will host 25 data sets related to the City budget, Infrastructure Master Plan, community improvement projects, public safety, economic growth, and mayoral goals.

The data is downloadable and can be embedded or accessed directly through an API (Application Program Interface) to create apps or other software. The interactive platform gives citizens the ability to create charts, graphs and maps with the City’s data.

“We’re placing key information about our City here so the public can easily find what they’re seeking,” Mayor Yarber said. “The portal is a tangible milestone that showcases the work the City has been doing to ensure it becomes more transparent and accountable to its citizens.”

The portal is the result of the City’s continued collaboration with partners on the What Works Cities initiative, launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The City of Jackson was among eight cities selected nationwide for the first cohort of the initiative in 2015. The goal was to implement open data processes and policies to share internally and externally and use such data to make governmental decisions.

As part of the initiative, the City formed a data governance committee, enacted Open Data legislation and completed inventory of the City's data.

The City also has committed to a performance management program that uses data and evidence to improve day-to-day operations and departmental decision making. Under the program, goals and outcome measures are defined for each department. Mayor Yarber holds bi-weekly meetings with City directors to discuss performance, challenges to achieving goals and potential solutions.

The mission of What Works Cities is to elevate and accelerate cities use of data and evidence to engage citizens, make government more effective and improve people’s lives. The consortium of leading organizations that has been assembled by Bloomberg Philanthropies to provide program support includes:

● Results for America;
● Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University;
● Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School;
● Sunlight Foundation;
● The Behavioral Insights Team

The City of Jackson has worked with the Sunlight Foundation to implement open data practices and the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University to launch the performance management program.

Kingfish note: Here is some of the data available on the website:

Thalia Mara revenue (Although it lists the same revenue for each month)
Business licenses issued in 2015
Major crimes by month (It only states changes in terms of percentage, no actual numbers)


Yarber is Capt. TONE Deaf said...


Will Yarber EVER get off his dog-and-pony show circuit (and Twitter) long enough to drive his administration to produce accurate water bills?

Anonymous said...

Worthless, crap in and crap out. Data sites like this must have a good system in place to capture and feed data on a consistent basis. This will never be done properly and will cost a good bit of money. In 2 years the site will still have 2 year old information if it still up and running. Use time and money to fix 10 potholes.

Anonymous said...

what a load of horse shit! agree with above, quit wasting money on toys and fix the streets and water system.

Kingfish said...

Bloomberg money paid for this project.

Anonymous said...

Giving the city software to use is a drop in the bucket for the expense on the City's part . Total waste of money and a lot grand standing on the Mayors part.

Anonymous said...

I'll go out on a limb here and say that what he just did is commendable. Yarber (thank God Jacktown didn't get mumumbla) understands that a big part of leadership is understanding the organization, making the organization aware of its own purpose and identifying goals. Before the worthless monkeys start pelting feces from your cages just consider how difficult this guy's job is. Look at what he's working with. Somebody's got to be the mayor and I'm glad it's this guy and not Kenny, et. al. Yes, they need to fix the streets and a lot of other things. But his job is like captaining a cruise ship that's half-sunk and staffed with a lot of half-wits. Give the guy a break. At least he's trying. And....he might make a difference.

Anonymous said...

4:54, he will not make any difference and is not even trying. The people of Jackson does not want anything to change. If there ever happened to be a person who really cared and tried he would not get elected. The citizens of Jackson likes Jackson the way it is.

Anonymous said...

nothing but political double-speak. has anyone really been able to successfully get public records from the City. Try it some time and see how much they extort wads of cash from the requestor. Even then, the records they give you aren't usually the right ones. city clerk, city legal, city admin . . . THE MAYOR. They ALL NEED TO GO.

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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