"Governing isn’t someone else’s problem. It’s ours."

"Decisions are made by those who show up," Code for America Founder and Executive Director Jennifer Pahlka wrote in a recent post on Medium. On Monday, she joined public servants, academics, and CEOs from the tech sector at a meeting convened by the American Technology Council (ATeC). "Government is supposed to serve the people, not the person who sits in the Oval Office," wrote Pahlka. "If I am to act in accordance with that belief, I need to show up and speak up for that principle, and for the ways we’ve learned to put that principle into practice." 

Read Jennifer's op-ed in The Washington Post. For impressions after the meeting, watch her interview with Bloomberg Technology.


Nonprofit Volunteers Help Combat Homelessness in Asheville

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Code for Asheville volunteers are working with the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition to build a simple WordPress site to serve as a central hub for case workers and the city's homeless population to not only find housing, but also address other challenges associated with homelessness, such as finding work with a criminal record. Learn more about the project in the recent article in GovTech.


New NYC Planning Unit To Build Their Own Digital Services

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The New York City Department of City Planning just created a new unit focused on building digital services for the city of New York. Led by former BetaNYC member Chris Whong, the new unit is called NYC Planning Labs and is modeled after 18F. It will work on urban planning projects and on building digital services in-house that will be used by the City. Read the full story in State Scoop.


Durham Opens to Public Feedback for Open Data Policy

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The City and County of Durham, North Carolina invited the public to comment on their open data policy, which they posted online. The current policy has been in place since 2015 and the revised policy is intended to better meet the needs of residents who it will directly affect. Learn more about the project in a recent article from the Sunlight Foundation.


Job opportunity: Visualizing Renewable Energy Data in Colorado

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is hiring a front-end developer to work out of their Golden, Colorado offices to create data visualizations for renewable energy data. Apply here.


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