Starting next year, a team of developers will begin to build Web apps intended to improve city services and community outreach in Chattanooga.

Mayor Andy Berke’s office announced this morning that Chattanooga is one of 10 cities chosen for a Code for America fellowship. Code for America is a California-based nonprofit organization that pairs Web developers with cities across the U.S. to develop tech solutions that “improve the relationships between citizens and government,” according to the organization’s website.

The mayor’s office has been working to land the fellowship since early summer. In September, the City Council approved $180,000 to be spent on the initiative. The Benwood and Lyndhurst foundations pitched in an additional $250,000 for the project, according to the announcement.


Berke said in a press release Tuesday morning that landing Code for America will be a benefit to the city and will help make its government more “open, transparent and innovative.”

“City government will collaborate with some of the top developers and designers from across the country, creating open-source Web applications to help address important issues in our community,” he said.

Bob Sofman, co-executive director at Code for America, cited the city’s commitment to innovation and forward-thinking staff as reasons for why Chattanooga was chosen for the program.

“This top-notch combination ensures a productive year,” he said.

In addition to Chattanooga, several Southern cities were chosen for fellowships. The list also includes Atlanta, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., and Lexington, Ky.

For additional details, visit Code For America online.