- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The city of Birmingham has been selected to participate in a program geared toward helping city governments communicate with residents and improve government services.

AL.com (http://bit.ly/2ekoNfV ) reports that the What Works Cities Initiative will provide technical assistance for Birmingham to come up with software to collect and share data between city departments.

Mayor William Bell says the software is an informative tool that will help the city deal with multiple issues - from issues with the homeless to potholes.

The What Works Cities Initiative is a consortium of nonprofits and government and academic institutions funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. What Works spokeswoman Kristin Taylor says the initiative serves select cities and is designed to help them come up with solutions to urban problems.

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