Chattanooga Named Code for America City
Chattanooga was named as a Code for America (CfA) Fellowship City Tuesday. CfA will provide at least three fellows for a year, beginning in January 2014. City staff and local developers will work with the CfA fellows to develop and test open-source web apps to improve city services and the community around two of the City’s key priorities – safer streets and civic engagement
“City Government will collaborate with some of the top developers and designers from across the country, creating open-source web applications to help address important issues in our community - including public safety,” said Mayor Andy Berke. “I am committed to a more open, transparent, and innovative government – and opening up data is an important way to make government more accessible to our citizens.”
"We are thrilled to officially announce that Chattanooga will participate in our 2014 Fellowship program." said Code for America Co-Executive Director Bob Sofman. "Chattanooga has a remarkable commitment to innovation and is supported by forward-thinking and dedicated staff. This top-notch combination ensures a productive year.”
In addition to focusing on public safety and civic engagement, the Fellows will help to improve the City of Chattanooga’s internal processes, including the procurement process, by working with City departments to develop and determine effective solutions that use tax payer dollars responsibly.
Since 2009, CfA has paired leaders in innovation with local governments, using technology to promote openness and transparency, encourage participation, and solve problems in cities across the country. Together, CfA fellows (top developers, designers, researchers, and product managers) and local governments produce open-source web apps to improve city services. CfA also helps build relationships between City Hall and local technology talent.
“Having Code for America come to the Gig City makes so much sense. Chattanooga has a strong history of civic action and innovation, as well as a new Administration that understands how open data can benefit citizens,” said Tim Moreland of Open Chattanooga. “From the start, Mayor Berke has been supportive of Open Chattanooga's efforts to solve real problems using open data. So when Code for America arrives in Chattanooga, they will find a Mayor, a city, and a community ready to roll up their sleeves and make lasting change.”
Early this summer, the Berke Administration partnered with Open Chattanooga to apply for the fellowship for 2014 and the City of Chattanooga was named a finalist last month. The City secured $250,000 in private funds from the Benwood Foundation and Lyndhurst Foundation. Chattanooga City Council authorized the funding of an additional $180,000. Several private companies have expressed an interest in contributing to the project, including through both
in-kind and monetary contributions.
"We are thrilled to be named a Code for America City. This initiative asks the important question, 'How can technology make our community better?',” said Sarah Morgan, President of the Benwood Foundation. “When we inspire the brightest tech-minds across the country to focus not on the private sector but the public sector, we can address some of our community's most pressing issues."
“Chattanooga is a natural fit for Code for America. This opportunity will not only complement our city's focus on technology and innovation, it will more importantly connect developers with the resources they need to solve real world problems through open data and civic engagement," said Macon Toledano, Associate Director of Lyndhurst Foundation.
The 2014 class of Fellows will include 31 developers, designers, researchers, and project managers leaving private companies such as ZipCar, Intuit, and Lockheed Martin as well as government organizations such as NASA.
Over 50 cities across the country applied for the Code for America Fellowship this year. The 2014 Code for America Cities include:
Long Beach, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Warwick, RI (in collaboration with the State of Rhode Island)
Past CfA Fellowship Cities include Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
To learn more, visit http://codeforamerica.org/2014.
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ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEAD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Labor Department will report today on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week.
The Commerce Department will also issue the first of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the April-June quarter. In the first three months of the year, the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.2 percent.
Also today, Freddie Mac will report on average mortgage rates and Zillow will release its latest data on rental prices around the country. The report is likely to show that rents continue to climb amid strong demand for apartments
Procter & Gamble will report quarterly financial results before the market opens.
Amgen and LinkedIn will report after the closing bell.
HOME RENTAL PRICES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home rental prices climbed much faster than incomes in June. But there are signs of slowing momentum around New York, Los Angeles and Washington.
Real estate data firm Zillow says that U.S. rental prices rose a seasonally adjusted 4.3 percent in June from a year ago, roughly matching the same pace as in May.
Rents continue to jump at double-digit rates in Denver, San Francisco and San Jose, California. But the monthly data suggests that several other major markets have either added enough new buildings or prices have pushed residents to their financial limits and cannot rise further.
Median prices slipped month over month in the New York metro area by $15 to $2,340, while also dropping slightly in Washington and flat-lining in Los Angeles.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics is reporting a fifth straight quarterly profit drop as the Galaxy S6 series of smartphones failed to reverse its declining fortune in the smartphone industry.
Samsung's April-June net income was 5.8 trillion won ($5 billion), down 8 percent from 6.3 trillion won a year earlier. A FactSet survey of analysts predicted 5.6 trillion won of net income.
Sales fell 7 percent over a year earlier to 48.5 trillion won while operating income dropped 4 percent to 6.9 trillion won, in line with its earnings preview earlier this month.
A robust performance at its semiconductor department helped narrow the profit decline. Operating income from its semiconductor division surpassed the 3 trillion won mark for the first time in multiple years.
But the launch of the latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, were not enough to halt its decline in the smartphone industry.
HELSINKI (AP) -- Telecommunications and wireless equipment maker Nokia Corp. says second-quarter net profit was (euro) 347 million euros ($383 million), with growth particularly strong in its core networks division.
Overall sales increased 9 percent to 3.2 billion euros, with higher software sales and global demand for mobile broadband. Net profit a year earlier was 213 million euros but is not directly comparable because of discontinued operations.
CEO Rajeev Suri says all three of the Finnish company's remaining business sectors performed very well and it was "well positioned to deliver on our full-year 2015 commitments."
Nokia, which was unable to meet the challenges of Apple, Samsung and Asian phone makers, has seen a turnaround in its business since selling its ailing handset unit to Microsoft for 5.4 billion euros in 2013.
BERLIN (AP) -- Lufthansa says its earnings trebled in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, helped by falling fuel costs.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, which includes airlines such as Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Germanwings, reports net earnings of 529 million euros ($584 million) for the April-June period, up from 173 million euros a year earlier. Revenue rose 8.9 percent to 8.39 billion euros from 7.7 billion euros.
Lufthansa confirmed its full-year outlook for adjusted pre-tax earnings of over 1.5 billion euros before strike costs.
The second quarter saw no strikes by Lufthansa's pilots in a long-running dispute that has led to repeated disruptions.
Chief financial officer Simone Menne says, alongside "extra momentum" for Lufthansa's passenger airlines, "the fall in fuel costs is largely responsible for the improvement in our results."
FORD F-150-CRASH TESTS
DETROIT (AP) -- Ford's aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests.
The four-door Super Crew version of the 2015 F-150 got top ratings in all five crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For now, it is the only full-size truck on the market with the institute's "Top Safety Pick" rating.
But the smaller Super Cab version did poorly on one frontal crash test.
The insurance institute says aluminum is safe and performed well. The different results were due to a design difference in the steel frame beneath the aluminum sides.
Ford noted that the trucks earned the government's top safety ratings. But it says it will improve the design of the Super Cab and Regular Cab trucks in 2016 so they perform better in front crashes.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Boeing has broken ground on a new $80 million, 290,000-square-foot building that will house about 800 new employees and be the third structure in the aerospace company's growing Oklahoma City campus.
The Chicago-based Boeing also announced that the headquarters of the Global Services & Support unit's Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment division will relocate to Oklahoma City.
Boeing also says the Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment division, which provides aircraft services for executive transport, airborne refueling, airborne command and control and global strike capabilities, is relocating from St. Louis.
Oklahoma City officials have estimated the expansion will have an economic impact of $637.7 million over four years. Earlier this year, the city agreed to $6 million in job creation incentives for Boeing.
Boeing announced plans last year to move most of its defense and support-related services from Washington state to other areas as part of its efforts to improve the competitiveness of the Defense, Space & Security unit. The company said about 2,000 employees could be affected, with 900 jobs possibly moving to Oklahoma City and up to 500 to St. Louis in about three years.
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