Miami-Dade County

Code for America partners with Miami-Dade to improve information access

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez EL NUEVO HERALD

Miami-Dade County has been selected for a 2015 partnership with Code for America, a nonprofit that works with governments to make information easier for the public to access.

Three technology specialists from the organization will join the county for a year to identify areas for improvement — focusing on economic development and regulations — and build software applications.

“As part of our continued efforts at implementing open-data policies, the Code for America fellows will work with us to provide greater transparency in government, using technology to make us more efficient and bring us closer to our residents,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement from the nonprofit’s annual conference in San Francisco.

The county will put $100,000 toward the program, a Gimenez spokesman said. The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing another $75,000.

Miami-Dade, the first Florida municipality to pair up with the nonprofit, was one of seven governments to be chosen for next year’s fellowships. The program has resulted in 55 apps with 30 governments over the past four years, according to the county.