Why we created Power AlmanacSo you can contact the people who actually make the decisions.
2010: The year finding them got a whole lot easier.
Local governments in the U.S. exert a lot of power and influence.
97% of our country’s elected officials are local government officials, and local governments collectively spend nearly $1.6 trillion annually and employ about 14 million people.
And yet despite their collective power and influence, local governments and their elected and appointed leaders can seem almost invisible. It's difficult to impossible to get information about them.
The Big Idea
The idea behind the Power Almanac is pretty simple. Create the most comprehensive and up-to-date online source of data and information about local governments, and make it very easy to use.
Of course, simple ideas are often challenging to implement, and that's certainly been true for the Power Almanac. To start with, there are 39,045 counties, municipalities, and townships in the U.S. That's a lot of data to track down, especially when many local governments have out-of-date websites, or no websites at all.
The bigger challenge stems from the astonishing diversity of local government structures and leadership positions in the U.S. - which varies not only from state to state, but even from county to county within a state. Finding ways to organize all that diverse data so that you can quickly and easily find exactly what you need kept us up a few nights.
Our Plans for Power Almanac
We're proud of the Power Almanac, and we hope you'll try it out and see why. But we're not done. In fact, we'll probably never really be done. We'll keep working hard to make the Power Almanac increasingly valuable for you by adding more data and making it even easier to use.
Who is it for?
Anyone can use the Power Almanac to get the information they need about local governments and local government officials. How you use it depends on your goal.
|USER||GOAL||HOW POWER ALMANAC CAN HELP|
|Company||Sell your product or service to local governments||
|Local Government||Find better and more cost-effective ways to deliver your services||
|Advocacy Group||Ensure that key local government officials hear your perspectives||
|Media||Quickly find the local government officials you need for your story||
|Citizen||Learn more about your own local governments||