Philly gets help for civic engagement app

Philadelphia will get technological help from Code for America to help build and upgrade Internet tools that boost civic engagement, Government Technology reports.

Philadelphia is working on a neighborhood project platform application named Change By Us that allows residents to share ideas about projects in their communities and encourage participation. Following its start later this year, the application will be further developed with additional enhancements in 2012, the story states.

Fellows with Code for America — Web developers, designers and entrepreneurs — are helping the city develop the application and will work on the project next year, the article continues. Along with Philadelphia, Code for America said Detroit and Macon, Ga., would also be project cities for 2012.

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