Reflecting On Tolemi at the Five-Year Mark
At Tolemi, we build the data integration and insights platform that helps local governments harness the power of their data and break down departmental silos. We have come together as a team of technologists, former public servants, and data junkies to help the next generation of municipal leaders usher in a wave of data-driven government.
We were founded on the premise that city leaders have the data they need to guide effective policy and operational efficiency, but it remains trapped in legacy systems and siloed across departments. We believe that this wealth of information has the untapped potential to transform our cities & towns into safer, stronger, and more equitable communities.
And so we launched our flagship product, BuildingBlocks, back in 2016. In the early days, BuildingBlocks primarily provided government staff and leaders with a single source of truth for every parcel of record in their city, town, or county. Data on tax assessment, ownership, property characteristics, police incidents, code violations, fire incidents, 311 calls for service, tax delinquency, utility usage, property registration, foreclosures, evictions, liens, and more. BuildingBlocks links directly with any legacy system so that any record that can be tied back to a parcel is loaded, stored, and updated on a nightly basis in a single user-friendly web application.
In the five years since we were founded, we have seen patterns in the challenges that cities are facing, and today we are in a unique position to help drive innovation in the public sector. We are helping our partners in local government to adopt new policies and processes only made possible by bringing together data from across siloed departments. As much as we are leading the way, we are learning from our heroes in local government what is possible when you combine rich data, user-friendly technology, and the will to change the way government serves its constituents.
These insights have driven the evolution of the BuildingBlocks application into the Tolemi Platform. And as we round the corner on our fifth year in business, we’ll be sharing a bit more detail in the next couple of posts about the journey that’s gotten us here and where we are headed. Stay tuned.