City Council Asked To Contribute $180,000 To Code For America Fellowship Program

Friday, August 30, 2013

The City Council is being asked to contribute $180,000 to have the city participate in The Code for America Fellowship program.

Officials said the Lyndhurst Foundation and the Benwood Foundation would contribute $120,000 toward the $420,000 total cost.

It is described as an 11-month program "where developers, designers, researchers, and product managers work with city staff to produce open-source web apps to improve city services and the community. Fellows work out of the San Francisco office for the bulk of the year -- traveling to their assigned partner cities for the month February and various times throughout the year to meet with community members and city staff, and test their apps. Fellows receive $35,000 USD, professional development opportunities, and healthcare benefits.

"Through the Code for America Fellowship program, passionate web developers, designers, and entrepreneurs collaborate with municipal leaders to leverage the power of the internet -- to make government better, more efficient for us all. In doing so, fellows develop new skills, create a broad network of civic and tech leaders, and most of all, have an impact."

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