October 15, 2013

Contact: Al Killeffer
(704) 336-3438

Charlotte, NC — Code for America (CfA), a nonprofit that collaborates with local governments to foster innovation, today announced that Charlotte has been chosen as one of 10 governments from across the country that will participate in its 2014 Fellowship program.  Under the program, 31 Fellows from the tech and design fields are embedded in governments for a year of service to explore new approaches to resolving local challenges.    


The 10 governments for the 2014 program were selected from a pool of 50 applicants based on their dedication to civic innovation and openness.  In addition to Charlotte, the other nine governments chosen were Atlanta; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Denver; Lexington, Ken.; Long Beach, Calif.; Mesa, Ariz.; Rhode Island; San Antonio, Texas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.


“Charlotte is proud to have been chosen as one of the 10 innovative local governments to participate in the 2014 Code for America Fellowship program,” said Mayor Patsy Kinsey.  “The City looks forward to using the partnership to strengthen our citizen engagement efforts and further Charlotte’s reputation as an emerging IT leader.  We are also grateful to the Knight Foundation for serving as a funding partner in the program, and for its ongoing support for community activities in Charlotte and nationwide.”


“We are thrilled to officially announce that Charlotte will participate in our 2014 Fellowship program,” said Code for America Co-Executive Director Bob Sofman.  “Charlotte has a remarkable commitment to innovation and is supported by forward-thinking and dedicated staff.  This top-notch combination ensures a productive year.”


The 2014 class of Fellows is composed of 31 developers, designers, researchers, and project managers who were selected from a field of more than 650 applicants and are leaving organizations such as ZipCar, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, and NASA to participate in the program.  They will begin their fellowships in Code for America’s San Francisco offices in January 2014. 


Over the past three years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 75 web apps and partnered with 20 municipal governments.  A full list of the Fellows and participating governments is available here.