PDS | Open Gov
Planning and Development Services of Kenton County has a history of commitment to transparency throughout its operations. Until recently, this meant providing regular financial reports and project update information to elected officials and to others upon request. The agency unveiled an online way for everyone to access its financial and work records in February; OpenGov is the online tool that made this possible.
OpenGov is a platform that offers cloud-based tools for governmental entities like PDS to budget, measure performance, and engage the public. The PDS OpenGov site may be accessed here. Other Kenton County jurisdictions that use OpenGov are Covington, Edgewood, Fort Wright, Independence, Park Hills, and Kenton County.
You can now view, filter, and analyze PDS revenue sources, the services to which those resources are committed, and an overall accounting of the agency’s fiscal year budget. You can review financial and work trends from Fiscal Year 2015 to today; and, you can manipulate these data to answer questions or to inform questions you’d like to ask.
PDS built its OpenGov environment around its five service programs.
- Community Planning
- General Government
- GIS Mapping / Analysis
- One Stop Shop Program
This initiative—which the agency is calling PDS by the Numbers—doesn’t just report on the finances of these five programs, it presents the analytics of what is accomplished within each of the programs using funds budgeted. This is intended to provide a complete picture of PDS operations from top to bottom and from the inside out.
POSTSCRIPT: The Story Map of which this illustration is a part may be found here. By the end of this Story Map experience, you will have a better understanding of PDS’ OpenGov initiative and how to use it.
Click on the image above to view the PDS OpenGov Story Map.
Click the logo for more information about the implementation of Direction 2030