Fri., June 24, 2011 2:42pm (EDT)

Macon Selected For New Tech Program
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
The program also includes training for members of the city’s information technology department.  (photo courtesy negro_slim via flickr)
The program also includes training for members of the city’s information technology department. (photo courtesy negro_slim via flickr)
Macon is one of three cities selected to participate in an innovative new technology program called Code for America.

Funded by the Knight Foundation, the program will also include Detroit and Philadelphia.

Code for America recruits top technology talent to live and work in a city for a year. It’s based on the Teach for America program.

Beverly Blake is with the Knight Foundation. She says three experts will develop technology that links citizens to city government.

“You’re putting forth technical minds to come up with a solution that best meets problems within the public in a way that is not overly complicated.”

The program also includes training for members of the city’s information technology department.