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Press Release: Code for America Announces 2015 Government Partners for Fellowship Program
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Embargoed until September 23, 3:30PM PDT
Code for America Announces 2015 Government Partners for Fellowship Program

Welcomes seven local governments:
Albuquerque, Indianapolis, Miami-Dade, Pittsburgh, Somerville, Vallejo, West Sacramento

September 23, 2014, San Francisco — Today Code for America announced new partnerships with seven local governments for the 2015 Code for America Fellowship Program. The official announcement was shared with more than 750 attendees at the annual Code for America Summit.

“We’re thrilled to announce the cities and county who will participate in our 2015 Fellowship. Each of these has a remarkable commitment to applying modern tools and approaches to meeting the needs of the community,” Bob Sofman, Chief Program Officer at Code for America, said.

The Code for America Fellowship pairs local governments with teams of mid-career, civic-minded technologists for one year. The governments and Fellows explore answers to local challenges by engaging with the community, building applications, and testing the results. Over the past four years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 55 web apps with 30 municipal governments and 103 Fellows.

The applications are tangible results of a process that builds much more than a piece of technology.

“By working in an iterative, user-centered, data-driven approach, the Fellowship program strengthens key capabilities within local government and communities. Well beyond the Fellowship, we see city staff continuing to design services for and with the community, make data meaningful, and make better technology choices.” Luke Norris, Director of Government Relations, said. “The Fellowship shifts the way cities think about, and use, technology to deliver public services.”

Over the last four years, Code for America Fellows, in partnership with cities, have developed a growing portfolio of products, tools, and standards. In 2014, Code for America began a pilot program to deepen and integrate health-related projects. The governments selected for the 2015 Fellowship will build on prior learnings in health, economic development, procurement, public safety, and justice.

The seven governments for the 2015 program were selected from a pool of 40 applicants. The governments are: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Indianapolis, Indiana; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Somerville, Massachusetts; Vallejo, California; and West Sacramento, California.

Each was selected for their dedication to providing government services to their communities in innovative, open ways. Quotes from Mayors about their participation in the Fellowship are available below.

Mayor Richard J. Berry, Albuquerque, New Mexico “We are delighted to welcome the 2015 Code for America fellows to Albuquerque. We look forward to collaborating with the fellows to identify ways in which we can match citizens in need with critical information and services. This exciting collaboration between the City of Albuquerque, the fellows, and our community will build digital capabilities in the city and continue to strengthen Albuquerque’s position as an innovative place to live, thrive, and do business.”

Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis, Indiana “Indy’s selection for the next Code for America program provides an excellent opportunity to bring forward-thinking solutions to city government. Indy is using data in innovative ways to enhance public safety. Our team looks forward to working with the Code for America fellows to better integrate data in our daily efforts to make Indy an even better place live and work."

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County “It is a privilege for Miami-Dade County to be Code for America’s first government partner in Florida. This collaboration will drive a more open government, stimulate economic development and improve the delivery of regulatory services to our community. Code for America is an organization that has successfully advanced these capabilities through technology and innovation and the organization will be an important partner in our ongoing work to make Miami-Dade County more open, transparent and efficient.”

Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania "I am honored and excited that Pittsburgh is joining with Code for America to build the city's reputation for innovation and transparency. We look forward to working in particular on new approaches to procurement that drive increased community participation, and in so doing, build the digital capabilities of our great city. I know the Fellows can learn from us — and us from them — as we work together to make government better for city residents."

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Somerville, Massachusetts “In a time of national gridlock where municipalities increasingly need to be the driving force for creative problem-solving and innovation, it’s critical to have a nimble organization like Code for America working directly with cities to develop new solutions and accelerate our progress. Our Fellows will be helping to expand data-based decision-making in our schools to improve outcomes for our students, and we are honored that we were selected to host them.”

Mayor Osby Davis, Vallejo, California "The Code for America fellowship is an opportunity for us to enhance communication and increase engagement, and to maximize public involvement and collaboration. The City Council and I are thrilled to have been selected after having made the application to Code for America a top priority this year. We look forward to the many possibilities that will surely come from this fantastic partnership."

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, City of West Sacramento “Code for America is rapidly transforming America by catalyzing civic innovation in America's cities to strengthen democracy and reimagine how we create value and services. West Sacramento is excited to lead the nation in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments as a Code for America city working not only to spur civic innovation in our own town, but to design that innovation for widespread adoption region wide... spreading Code for America's transformative impact to small cities and rural towns.”
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Contact: Jaime-Alexis Fowler, Code for America, ja@codeforamerica.org

Code for America is a national non-profit that believes government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. In collaboration with communities, companies, and government, we build open source technology and organize a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use. More at www.codeforamerica.org.

Code for America receives generous support from Omidyar Network, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google.org, the James Irvine Foundation, and many other foundations, corporations, and individual donors that support our national and local programs.

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