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Code for America Announces 2014 Government Partners & Fellows

 

Welcomes 31 Fellows and 10 governments:

Atlanta, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Denver; Lexington, Long Beach, Mesa, Rhode Island, San Antonio, San Juan

 

Blog post: http://codeforamerica.org/2014

 

October 15, 2013, San Francisco — Today Code for America (CfA) announced the ten governments and 31 Fellows that will be participating in its 2014 program. The official announcement is coming this morning at the Code for America Summit.

 

“We are thrilled to officially announce the Fellows and governments who will participate in our 2014 Fellowship. This seriously impressive class of Fellows will get to see first-hand what’s possible in government — and in the process help our cities work better.” said Code for America co-Executive Director Bob Sofman. “Each of these 10 governments has a remarkable commitment to innovation and is supported by forward-thinking and dedicated staff. This top-notch combination of Fellows and governments ensure a productive year and long-lasting partnerships.”

 

The Code for America Fellowship pairs innovative local governments with teams of civic-minded technologists for a year of service; together the governments and fellows build applications, engage the community, and collaborate with other local governments. Over the past three years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 75 web apps in collaboration with 20 municipal governments.

 

The 10 governments for the 2014 program were selected from a pool of 50 applicants. The 10 governments are: Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Denver; Lexington, Ken.; Long Beach, Calif.; Mesa, Ariz.; State of Rhode Island in partnership with the City of Warwick, R.I.; San Antonio, Texas; San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Each was selected for their dedication to civic innovation and openness. The diverse group of governments spans coast to coast. Details on each government project are available online at codeforamerica.org/2014-govs, and quotes from the cities Mayor’s about their participation in the program can be found below.

 

“I want to be a Code for America Fellow because I strongly believe that technology and the internet can change the world for the better. I also understand that technology must be humanized and accessible to the common citizen. It not only guides people to the future, but must meet them where they are today,” said 2014 Fellow Tiffany Chu, a designer, user researcher, and urbanist who is currently working at ZipCar.

 

The 2014 class of Fellows will be made up of 31 developers, designers, researchers, and project managers were selected from more than 650 applications and are leaving companies such as ZipCar, Intuit, and Lockheed Martin and government organizations such as Nasa, to participate in the program; read their bios here. They will begin their Fellowship in Code for America’s San Francisco offices starting January 2014.

 

Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta

“The City of Atlanta is excited to become a Code for America partner. Code for America offers our city an unparalleled opportunity to encourage collective problem-solving through civic collaboration, while creating a more open and transparent government.”

 

Mayor Patsy Kinsey, City of Charlotte

“Charlotte is proud to have been chosen as one of the ten innovative local governments from across the country to participate in the 2014 Code for America program. We look forward to using the partnership to strengthen our citizen engagement efforts and further Charlotte’s reputation as an emerging IT hub.”

 

Mayor Andy Berke, City of Chattanooga

“This designation validates Chattanooga’s ever-growing place in the world of technology. But, more importantly, being a Code for America city will ultimately make local government more open, accessible, and innovative for our citizens.”

 

Mayor Jim Gray, City of Lexington

“In Lexington we set the bar high…continuous improvement. And we know the citizens of our university city demand a high quality of life. Code for America will help us meet their expectations with innovation and technology designed to make government more engaging through improved customer service.”

 

Mayor Bob Foster, City of Long Beach

“The Code for America fellowship is an incredible opportunity for Long Beach to elevate how we engage the community through technology. Our City’s skilled workforce and active tech community are going to find new reasons to be energized as the Fellowship rolls out over the next several months. We can’t wait to get started.”

 

Mayor Scott Smith, City of Mesa

“Cities are the new centers of innovation and Mesa is a leader in developing programs that engage our community through the use of technology. We are excited to take this next step and partner with Code for America and Arizona State University to develop ideas and applications that better serve our residents.”

 

Chief Digital Officer Thom Guertin, Rhode Island

“We are looking forward to a strong partnership with Code for America in 2014. Rhode Island is poised for positive change, with an active community of citizens ready to embrace new ideas. The Rhode Island Office of Digital Excellence seeks to deploy a number of the established CfA apps, as well as develop a solution to increase access to technology in education and improve digital literacy.”

 

Mayor Julián Castro, City of San Antonio

“We are excited to partner with Code for America and welcome the Fellows to San Antonio. I look forward to the work that the fellows will produce to improve on the quality of services the City provides. This partnership will strengthen the City’s competitiveness as a technology and innovation hub.”

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Contact: Lauren Reid, Code for America, 415-200-9468 or lr@codeforamerica.org

 

Founded in 2009, Code for America (CfA) is a nonprofit collaborating with local governments to foster and facilitate innovation. CfA is known for its fellowship program, which embeds tech and design professionals in local governments explore new approaches to resolving local challenges. Through the Accelerator, Brigade, and Peer Network programs, CfA is connecting cities with startups and volunteers, as well as each other. For more information, watch Founder Jennifer Pahlka’s TED talk: http://codeforamerica.org/TED or go to http://codeforamerica.org.

 

Code for America receives general support from Omidyar Network, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google.org, and many other individual and corporate donors.

 

Each Fellowship project is funded through a combination of local government resources and community matching grants and donations from a number of foundations, companies, and individuals.

 

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