Three young computer programmers aim to change the way the public does government business in Macon.
In a brief news conference Monday morning, the programmers with Code For America said they’ll be spending the next five weeks learning what Macon people want government to do better, in a friendlier, accessible way.
The $300,000 initiative backed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation could lead to a number of improvements, rather than a single big project, said Jessica Lord, one of the Code For America fellows. Lord grew up in Warner Robins and picked coding for Macon over coding for other cities, including Honolulu.
Over the next five weeks, the fellows will learn more about Macon and its government and hear ideas of how to improve the government through technology. They expect to get dozens of project ideas and will begin picking projects in the next few months.
Kerry Hatcher, Macon’s network administrator, said they’ve already talked about streamlining the city’s business license process, or working with City Council minutes. Hatcher said the Code For America fellows will have time to work on projects the city’s staff can’t get to. The programmers are taking ideas through e-mail at email@example.com.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert said he’s excited by the potential.
“I think this is the start of something that will be really great,” he said.
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