~ The City of Springfield has recently completed the implementation of its new cloud-based budgeting and transparency portal, OpenGov. This two-phase project was aimed at improving the budgeting process for City staff and providing readily available reports and data to the public.

The first phase, which was implemented with the 2023-2024 budget, focused on internal improvements. This resulted in a more streamlined and collaborative budgeting process for City staff. The second phase, completed on Wednesday, introduced an online financial and transparency portal that can be accessed at This portal displays a variety of City data, including financial dashboards, reports, Springfield Police Department data, audits, and instructional videos on how to interpret the data. It also includes a list of frequently asked questions with illustrative charts.

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City Manager Jason Gage expressed the importance of being able to quickly and effectively share data both internally and with citizens. He stated that the transition to OpenGov has brought their budgeting process into the 21st century. The transparency portal allows for more effective communication with stakeholders through visually appealing dashboards and metrics.

As the City continues to add performance metrics and track them accordingly, the amount of data available in the portal will continue to expand. OpenGov, according to its website, is a leader in modern cloud software for cities, counties, state agencies, school districts, and special districts. Their mission is to power more effective and accountable government by serving thousands of public sector leaders and organizations. The OpenGov Cloud is specifically designed for the unique needs of the public sector in areas such as budgeting and planning, accounting, permitting and licensing, procurement, and asset management. It aims to make organizations more collaborative and efficient while enabling better communication with stakeholders and communities.

With this new cloud-based budgeting and transparency portal in place, the City of Springfield is taking steps towards a more open and accountable government. Citizens can now easily access and understand important financial data, promoting transparency and trust between the City and its stakeholders.

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