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City of Charlotte, Knight Foundation kick off 'Code for Charlotte'

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Contact: Keith Richardson, Corporate Communications & Marketing
704-336-5865, kmrichardson@charlottenc.gov

On Thursday, February 20, The City of Charlotte and the Knight Foundation kicked off Code for Charlotte, part of the Code for America Fellowship program which envisions an open government that keeps pace with evolving communities and technologies.

The City, in partnership with the Knight Foundation, was recently selected for the Fellowship. It places talented developers, designers, and researchers with local governments to develop innovative solutions ranging from business-enhancing applications to virtual town hall meeting tools to engage residents. The effort also includes a local volunteer group of technologists, known as a Brigade. These volunteers will work in collaboration with the Fellows and independently on new web applications that can improve municipal services, community engagement, and make government more transparent.
This fellowship is another step toward enhancing government services and increasing openness, helping it seize the benefits of technology, and nurturing the City’s vital technology sector by creating more opportunities for technology startups as well as increasing the visibility of its talented technology workforce.
 
Charlotte was one of 10 governments from a pool of 50 applicants from across the country. In addition to Charlotte, the other nine governments chosen were Atlanta; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Denver; Lexington, Ken.; Long Beach, Calif.; Mesa, Ariz.; Rhode Island; San Antonio, Texas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
 
Over the past three years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 75 web applications and partnered with 20 municipal governments. For more information on Code for Charlotte, visit codeforcharlotte.org to submit technology ideas or to volunteer for the Code for Charlotte Brigade.