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Code for America Announces Mesa as a 2014 Government Partner
By: Melissa Randazzo
10/15/13 2:18 PM

Oct. 15, 2013
Office of the Mayor
Contact: Scott Butler
Tel. 480-644-2964
scott.j.butler@mesaaz.gov

Mesa, AZCode for America (CfA) announced the ten governments and 30 Fellows that will be participating in its 2014 program. The official announcement came earlier today at the Code for America Summit.

"We are thrilled to officially announce that Mesa, in partnership with Arizona State University, will participate in our 2014 Fellowship program," said Code for America Co-Executive Director Bob Sofman. "Mesa has a remarkable commitment to innovation and is supported by forward-thinking and dedicated staff. This top-notch combination ensures a productive year.”

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 and partnered with 20 municipal governments.

“Cities are the new centers of innovation and Mesa is a leader in developing programs that engage our community through the use of technology,” said Mayor Scott Smith. “We are excited to take this next step and partner with CfA and ASU to develop ideas and applications that better serve our residents.”

“We recognize how important it is to build the infrastructure and connectivity of a municipality like Mesa through technological innovation,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “This partnership with Mesa and the CfA Fellowship program is a way to accelerate this innovation and improve the lives of the Mesa community members.”

The ten governments for the 2014 program were selected from a pool of 50 applicants. They were selected for their dedication to civic innovation and openness. The diverse group of cities and counties spread from coast to coast. Details on each city project are available online: http://codeforamerica.org/2014

The 2014 class of Fellows will be made up of 30 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.

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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.

For additional information about Code for America, contact Lauren Reid, 415-200-9468 or lr@codeforamerica.org.


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