A Plano technology company that specializes in software for cities, counties and schools is buying a venture capital-backed Seattle firm that helps government agencies publish data online. Tyler Technologies Inc. announced the acquisition of Socrata Inc. on Wednesday. Terms of the deal aren't expected to be disclosed until after the sale's April 30 closing date.Founded in 2007, Socrata first gained attention from President Barack Obama's campaign team, which used the company's platform to put campaign contribution data online, according to GeekWire. The company went on to raise $55 million from venture capital firms."Substantially all" of Socrata's 150 employees, including its executives, are expected to join Tyler. They'll continue to work in the company's Seattle office. Tyler will also maintain its own Renton, Wash., office.Tyler president Lynn Moore said the deal will accelerate its work on connected communities. … [Read more...] about Plano tech firm serving governments expands into online data by buying Seattle company
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Organization offering newly developed research and data analysis services to five local nonprofits on a pilot basisPilot, aimed at helping the sector better leverage data, comes amid rising national interest in measuring impactResearch and learning department launched over past year to help United Way put metrics behind its programs and large goals, tooUnited Way for Southeastern Michigan is offering its newly developed research and data analysis services to five local nonprofits on a pilot basis in a bid to begin helping the sector better leverage data.The pilot comes amid rising national interest in measuring the impact of nonprofit programs. Launched over the past year, the new department is helping to put metrics behind United Way's own programs and large goals, like turning around high schools, so it can better communicate the impact they are having. Donna Satterfield, vice president of community impact, United Way for Southeastern Michigan "This is ensuring … [Read more...] about United Way to offer data analysis in nonprofit sector
0 View Gallery View Comments BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Syria's state-run news agency says the military's air defenses have confronted a missile attack on air base in central Syria and shot down eight missiles. The report on SANA says the attack on the T4 military air base in Homs province "is likely to be an American aggression." However, a spokesman for the Pentagon, Christopher Sherwood, says the U.S. is not conducting airstrikes in Syria. SANA says the attack resulted in a number of casualties. The report comes after a suspected poison gas attack killed at least 40 in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, the last foothold for the Syrian opposition in the area. President Donald Trump has promised a "big price to pay" for the suspected chemical attack. Israel has also struck inside Syria in recent years. ___ 5:10 a.m. Syria's state-run news agency says the military's air defenses have confronted a missile attack on air … [Read more...] about The Latest: Syrian news agency reports missile attack
trace project The future of New Orleans, Mandeville Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune St. Tammany Parish has roughly 22,500 more people living there than it did eight years ago. And people continue to move into the parish. That latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show St. Tammany’s population was up 1.4 percent in July 2017 compared with the year prior. Last year was the seventh consecutive year of population growth for the parish. Much of that growth is thanks to new residents who continue to move into St. Tammany at a healthy clip. Those moving into the parish outpaced those moving out by more than 2,500 people in 2017. By comparison, St. Tammany’s population is almost two-thirds that of Orleans Parish. Here are the highlights from the 2017 numbers. First day of school ever Photo by Julia Kumari Drapkin, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A note about the numbers. The U.S. Census Bureau releases … [Read more...] about St. Tammany Parish just keeps growing. See the data.
The odds of being audited by the IRS are shrinking -- and that's especially good news for wealthy taxpayers. About 934,000 returns were audited during Fiscal Year 2017, the lowest number since 2003, according to new IRS data. Among households with income above $1 million, just 4.37 percent faced audits. That's less than half the 9.55 percent rate in 2015, and the lowest audit rate for millionaires since the IRS first began tracking it in 2004. The audit rate for taxpayers earning $200,000 or less fell to 0.59 percent, the lowest level since 2002. The main reason for the decline: The IRS's budget and staff levels have been under pressure for years. The IRS is also auditing fewer companies and nonprofit organizations. The audit rate for businesses with assets of $250 million tumbled to 15.2 percent in the most recent fiscal quarter, less than half the 33.8 percent rate in 2013. Less than 1 percent of all tax-exempt organizations were audited in 2017. "Look, … [Read more...] about IRS tax audits plunge as cash-strapped agency’s challenges mount