Open Data: Got a digital device? Most folks do, whether a smartphone, watch or computer. Mayor Megan Barry, realizing the public data her government collects can em- power people to make better decisions. So, the mayor brought Dr. Robyn Mace on board as Metro’s first chief data officer. One of her duties is to smooth the way for the public to gather information. Nashville is one of only 20 cities in the country with a data officer position.
What are Metro’s most popular data searches? First, people search the salaries of Metro employees; this is followed with the perusal of building permits and, more and more, folks are reviewing short term rental data.
The idea of sharing data with the people who pay for gathering it started with farmers. Weather and agricultural extension agency data helped farmers choose the best time to plant for the best yield. There are many other examples of instances where giving data to the public without cost or restriction provides the opportunity for economic development. Census figures are widely shared as is TDOT’s Smartway to flag upcoming traffic problems at https://smartway.tn.gov/
For further information go to https://data.nashville.gov/.
John A’s: U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-6th) was surprise guest at John A. Hobbs September political breakfast for the Donelson-Hermitage community. She is considered a frontrunner in a crowded field of candidates for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. Black is well versed on money issues as chairman of the U.S.House Budget Committee and a member Ways and Means. The conservative Sumner County lawmaker will finish her fourth congressional term in 2018.
Vincent Dixie, running for state House Dist. 54, introduced himself from John A’s podium. Referring to his last name of “Dixie,” he said “I have heard these jokes about my name all my life: “Winn Dixie” and “I wish I was in Dixie!” A successful businessman, Dixie owns Bail U Out Bonding and A Way Out Bonding, which serve the cause of criminal justice in five counties of Middle Ten- nessee. Speaking of his ailing 72-year-old mother Dixie said, “Too many politicians tend to forget about seniors while I intend to fight for them and for healthcare.”
Joe Hobbs, usually the emcee at the breakfast, wrote from Los Angeles that he and Ronnie had a great time at former Dodger’s manager Tommy Lasorda’s 90th birthday party. Joe and his father John are longtime friends of Lasorda who has visited them in Nashville many times.