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Announcing the 2013 Brigade Captains

2013_Captains2In 2012, Code for America launched the Brigade program, enacting 16 local chapters. Today we’re excited to announce the addition of 18 new Brigades supported by 31 new Captains.

These Brigade Captains will work to collaborate with government to build and foster community where they live. Each Brigade has the support of a municipal partner in their local government. Working with this municipal partner and their Brigade, these Captains will help make their communities better using technology.

Their reasons for participating are as diverse as the cities they represent.

For Rebekah Monson of Code for Miami, civic hacking is about keeping citizens and governments engaged with each other and giving both groups better tools for decision making.

“We’re helping government be more efficient, more transparent and more responsive to Miamians, and we’re giving Miamians tools to help them understand, communicate, and act on issues they care about.” — Monson

Nole Walkingshaw of Open Salt Lake City is looking forward to building community and innovative new solutions.

“Working as a city planner I have found it difficult to reach out to new groups. The Brigade is a great way to get more people interested in government and their community. The Brigades develop on the communities terms representing what they feel is important instead of the ‘that is way we have always done it’ or ‘we know what is best’ approach.” — Walkingshaw

Please join us in welcoming these new Brigades and Captains to the family!

The 2013 Brigades:

*Raleigh, Cary, and Durham, N.C. Brigades work locally and collaborate regionally as Triangle Brigade.

The Inaugural Brigades:

We look forward to the coming year, and to the big accomplishments we will achieve together.


 

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