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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THE DAY AHEAD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- State unemployment figures are due to be released this morning. DuPont is set to release its first quarter financial results before the market opens today. Among the companies releasing their quarterly results after the closing bell are Amgen Inc., Discover Financial Services, Yahoo Inc. and Yum Brands.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are among US and Latin American officials meeting at the State Department for the Washington Conference on the Americas.
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) -- Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its products on the market after two samplings of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.
Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement last night that the company "can't say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to the manufacturing line.
The company last month issued its first recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with the disease.
The foodborne illness was tracked to a production line in Brenham, Texas, and later to a second line in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
The recall extends to retail outlets in 23 states and internationally.
BISTATE SAGE GROUSE
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to announce today whether she will move forward with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's earlier proposal to order federal protection for a type of sage grouse found only in California and Nevada.
Jewell plans a formal announcement on a listing decision for the bistate sage grouse in Reno this afternoon. It comes months before a more-sweeping decision is due Sept. 30 on whether to declare the greater sage grouse threatened or endangered in 11 western states.
The Fish and Wildlife Service proposed the bistate subspecies be declared threatened along the Sierra's eastern front in 2013. State and federal officials have been working with ranchers and others since then try to head off a listing with voluntary efforts to restore the bird's critical habitat.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has invited Democratic and Republican lawmakers to the White House for a reception thanking them for their work on legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors.
The event will be held today in the Rose Garden. Obama signed the legislation on Friday, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and ending years of last-minute fixes. Obama said then that he wanted to act quickly without ceremony to allow for the new payments. He said he would have lawmakers to the White House this week.
The bill overhauls a 1997 law that aimed to slow Medicare's growth by limiting reimbursements to doctors. Instead, doctors threatened to leave the Medicare program, and that forced Congress repeatedly to block those reductions.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the bird flu virus has been found at a farm holding nearly 10 percent of Iowa's egg-laying chickens.
The confirmation of the highly infectious and deadly H5N2 virus means up to 5.3 million hens must be destroyed at the farm in northwest Iowa's Osceola County.
Iowa is home to roughly 59 million hens that lay nearly 1 in every 5 eggs consumed in the country.
It's the first chicken farm in Iowa to be affected by the virus, which was confirmed at a turkey farm in the state last week.
Several Midwestern states have been affected by the outbreaks, costing poultry producers nearly 7.8 million birds since March.
The latest farm experienced a high number of chicken deaths and sent samples to labs.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hormel says it will sell less turkey this year because of a spreading bird flu outbreak.
Farmers have been forced to kill more than 2.4 million turkeys since March. Most of the birds were in Minnesota, where Hormel is based. The company says it is experiencing significant supply chain problems, but expects outbreaks to decrease as the weather gets better.
Hormel Foods Corp. said yesterday that it can't comment on how turkey prices or the Thanksgiving turkey season will be affected because of its upcoming second-quarter report.
According to a Jennie-O Turkey store website, the highly contagious H5N2 strain of avian flu has hit 17 flocks owned or processed by the company, including flocks being raised by contractors or independent farmers.
It's been found in turkey flocks in six states.
TRUCK TIRE DANGER
DETROIT (AP) -- The nation's largest trucking industry group wants the government to get moving on a rule requiring speed-limiters on big rigs.
The American Trucking Associations proposed the limiters in 2006, but the rule has been stuck in the government bureaucracy.
The group says capping heavy truck speeds at 65 miles per hour would make the roads safer.
The call follows a story by The Associated Press last month revealing that most big truck tires aren't designed to go over 75 mph. Yet 14 states have speed limits of 75 or above. Texas, Wyoming, Utah and South Dakota have limits of 80 or higher.
Transportation Department documents show the rule has been stalled in Secretary Anthony Foxx's office since August.
Messages were left yesterday for a department spokesman.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, has won the Pulitzer Prize in public service for a series on domestic abuse in the state.
The Seattle Times won the award in breaking news for its digital coverage of a mudslide in Washington State that killed 43 people, and the New York Times won 3 Pulitzers for investigative reporting, international reporting and photography.
The awards, American journalism's highest honor, were announced yesterday.
The Pulitzers recognize various categories of reporting, photography and opinion writing, as well as editorial cartooning.
The prizes also honor drama, music and fiction and nonfiction books.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Halliburton has cut 9,000 jobs in about six months and is considering additional cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices reduce demand for its drilling help.
That's more than 10 percent of the Houston company's workforce.
Halliburton Co. executives disclosed the job cuts yesterday on a conference call with investors.
The company reported a loss of $643 million in the first quarter. Still, the results excluding write-downs and other one-time costs were better than expected.
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