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Engagement requires knowledge. The purpose of our project is to provide voters with comprehensive information about the local governments that have jurisdiction over their communities. Many local governments are little known special districts that have taxing powers but often lack even basic web sites. We propose to gather and publish information on the nation's 90,000+ local governments through electronic data collection and crowdsourcing techniques. The result will be a freely accessible database that will both encourage citizen engagement and provide a resource for reporters who need to research local government entities.

Engagement requires knowledge. The purpose of our project is to provide voters with comprehensive information about the local governments that have jurisdiction over their communities. Many local governments are little known special districts that have taxing powers but often lack even basic web sites. We propose to gather and publish information on the nation's 90,000+ local governments through electronic data collection and crowdsourcing techniques. The result will be a freely accessible database that will both encourage citizen engagement and provide a resource for reporters who need to research local government entities.

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