Better data in Prince George’s County benefits communities

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY | This week, the Prince George’s County government relaunched a website that allowed the public to browse information from the different agencies including 311 and crime statistics. The County’s emphasis on collecting and relaying data for the public has already benefited communities that have specific needs and helped agencies run more efficiently. (WaPo, 3/6)

For example, by tracking requests for code enforcement, the government realized that demand was higher in poorer, more densely populated neighborhoods inside the Beltway, and redeployed inspectors who had been spread evenly throughout the county.

A CountyStat team mapped data from domestic violence calls and showed that a large number of calls were coming from the southern part of Prince George’s. But the services that help families affected by domestic violence were located primarily in the northern portion of the county.

The analysis convinced the government to give higher priority for grants to organizations and nonprofits willing to serve those southern communities.

PUBLIC SAFETY | Opinion: Guns are an easy target, but the real crime of despair and neglect is harder to fix (WaPo, 3/7)

ENVIRONMENT | How climate change will affect the Greater Washington region and how soon we can expect to see the changes. (Washingtonian, 3/7)

HUMAN RIGHTS/ANTISEMITISM |  Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is asking the county council to help pay for security upgrades for two of the Jewish community centers targeted by bomb threats recently. The county council president would also like to look at other religious facilities that may be targeted. (Bethesda Beat, 3/6)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | In a newly released D.C. Economic Strategy Report, the District’s mayor has two goals: grow the city’s private sector economy by 20 percent by the end of 2021 and create more jobs and lower unemployment levels below 10 percent in all wards. (WBJ, 3/7)

– DC’s Aspire to Entrepreneurship program helped a disabled returning citizen start a transportation business. (WUSA9, 3/5)

– Here’s how immigrants contribute to Virginia and Maryland’s workforce (GGW, 3/7)

EDUCATION | DC Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser are in disagreement about the renewal of a federally funded  DC school voucher program. (WaPo, 3/7)

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– Kendra