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The Code for America Fellowship works with local governments across the country, bringing in top tech talent to work with government to tackle important civic challenges. We applied as a joint project between our two cities – something not done before – and are excited to be selected!
Entrepreneurship is thriving in the Kansas Cities and we want to support it. We have a vision where government and entrepreneurs work hand in hand to support innovation, grow the economy, and create new jobs in ways that involve the larger community. We want local government to become more entrepreneurial in our operations and to serve as a creative asset to our local entrepreneurs and business leaders.
For a year, beginning this January, three Code for America fellows will work with us to understand how we can achieve our vision. They will listen, observe, research, and talk to many of you about the opportunities available and then design, prototype, test, and launch new civic solutions using lightweight technology tools. Throughout the Project we will seek to increase government efficiency, foster regional collaboration, and bring more citizens into the work of government in both Kansas Cities.
Kansas City, Kan. & Kansas City, Mo. underscore the idea that different governments face common challenges.
Our history and experience of working together demonstrates that different governments face common challenges. Together our two cities, separated by state border but connected by a high-speed fiber network, represent a sort of “municipal innovation laboratory” – a place uniquely situated to test ideas and theories about shared municipal solutions, new types of collaboration, and how citizen engagement can work most effectively. The enthusiasm of both cities’ mayors – Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Mo. and Mayor Joe Reardon of Kansas City, Kan. – further emphasize the unique opportunity we have to develop new and collaborative approaches.
With this Project we are breaking new ground – one of the reasons we were chosen as a Code for America Fellowship site – and we want you to be part of the experience.
How to Get Involved
We want to involve citizens and organizations from across both Kansas Cities in the Project. Your voice and ideas matter to us and your financial investment, at any level, will make a difference. Local government and foundations have come together to cover a larger part of the Project costs, but we need the resources and support of the larger community to make it happen.
There will be many opportunities to share your suggestions and feedback over the next year and a half. By making a contribution to the project today you are saying that you believe in this work, that you love Kansas City, and that you are proud of our drive for civic innovation.
Many of you are bringing new businesses and entrepreneurial ideas to the region which is incredibly exciting. The Code for America Project will shed additional light on this work, propel it forward, and create ways for municipal government to support and partner with you.
If you’re a fan of innovation in municipal government, join us and get involved.
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