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D.C. launches streamlined website for city statistics

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Madeline Sklar.

The city is giving residents an easier way to access D.C. information like population and employment statistics, DC Inno reported Wednesday.

The new program, called the Economic Intelligence Dashboard, compiles information about the District, including information on affordable housing and real estate projects and up-to-date wage and tax numbers. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement to DC Inno that the new tool will promote transparency with city statistics.

“Moving forward, we will continue to use technology and innovation to build good government and create more pathways to the middle class,” Bowser said.

While D.C. residents could find similar information like construction updates for city projects on separate websites, the new dashboard compiles the statistics into one accessible webpage. The program’s website explains that it is meant to “drive positive change and build good government.”

“We focus on collecting and compiling information about our city, in particular on D.C.’s economic development priorities that create more pathways to the middle class: jobs, quality affordable housing, and community-focused development,” the webpage for the program reads.

Joaquin McPeek, a spokesman for D.C.’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, told DCist that the office created the program because of the number of residents asking questions about this information, especially on the lack of affordable housing in D.C.

“It’s a response to a lot of residents who ask these questions,” McPeek said.

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