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) --There are no government economic reports scheduled for release today but the Institute for Supply Management will put out its June service sector index.
Tomorrow, the Commerce Department will report international trade data for May and the Labor Department will release its job openings and labor turnover survey for May.
Also on Tuesday, the Federal Reserve will release consumer credit data for May.
ATHENS (AP) -- Greece's finance minister has resigned following Sunday's referendum in which the majority of voters said "no" to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout.
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says he was told shortly after the Greek referendum result that the some eurozone finance ministers and Greece's other creditors would prefer he not attend the ministers' meetings.
Varoufakis has visibly annoyed many of the eurozone's finance ministers during Greece's debt negotiations.
CHINESE STOCK MARKET RESCUE
NEW YORK (AP) -- China has reportedly decided to bar new public offerings of stock and will create a fund to stabilize its stock market, which has been roiled by a wave of selloffs..
Twenty one Chinese securities companies, in a statement released Saturday, said they would pledge no less than 120 billion yuan ($19.33 billion) to invest in Chinese stocks. The securities companies also said they would continue to invest in the market as long the Shanghai Composite index remains below 4,500. It closed at 3,686 on Friday.
Chinese regulators have also decided to suspend new Chinese initial public offerings, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Chinese market has been in free-fall for three weeks, losing 28 percent of its value. Despite the plunge, the market is up 79 percent in the last year.
BERLIN (AP) -- German factory orders dipped in May as orders from other countries in the eurozone slipped back following a large gain the previous month.
The Economy Ministry says orders in Europe's biggest economy were down 0.2 percent compared with the previous month. In April, orders rose 2.2 percent -- a figure that was revised up sharply from the initial reading of 1.4 percent because of late reporting.
The ministry says bulk orders were below average in May. The overall fall was led by a 1.5 percent drop in orders from other countries in the 19-nation eurozone, which had surged 7 percent in April.
Demand from inside Germany was off 0.6 percent while orders from outside the eurozone climbed 1.2 percent.
STELLA & CHEWY'S-RECALL
Pet food maker Stella & Chewy's recalls some products
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pet food maker Stella & Chewy's is recalling some of its products because a routine test found Listeria in a sample of its chicken freeze-dried dinner patties for dogs.
Listeria can cause serious illness and even death in children, the frail and the elderly. Healthy people may suffer flu-like symptoms, such as high fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea.
The Milwaukee-based company said there have been no reported pet or human illnesses.
A complete list of recalled products can be found at: http://www.stellaandchewys.com/stella-chewys-recall-notice/
Consumers can look at the lot numbers and UPC codes on their pet food to determine if their pet food is part of the recall. If they do have pet food that is part of the recall they can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or should dispose of it.
GOODBYE TRADING PITS
No more `roar' as famed trading pits come to an end
In those pits, traders yelled and shoved and flashed hand signals, just as they did in the movie "Trading Places."
But faster, cheaper and not nearly as noisy computers have taken over.
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" both fizzled over the July 4th weekend, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday box office.
Despite the release of the anticipated sequels, the rule of "Jurassic World" continued with an estimated $30.9 million in its fourth week of release. Pixar's "Inside Out," though, virtually tied it with $30.1 million in its third week. Final figures will be released Monday.
"Terminator Genisys," the fifth entry in the sci-fi series, opened in third with $28.7 million over the weekend and $44.2 million since opening Wednesday.
The male-stripper sequel "Magic Mike XXL," starring Channing Tatum, came in fourth with just $12 million on the weekend. Over five days of release, it made $27.1 million.
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