Mayor Jim Gray welcomed three Fellows from the Code for America Wednesday, as they set out to improve Lexington's quality of life.
Erik Schwartz, Lyzi Diamond and Livien Yin are beginning a 10-month partnership with the city to make the local government more effective and interactive.
The three Fellows will spend this month collecting data and feedback from City officials and stakeholders in the community in order to create the right applications to deploy in the state's second-largest city.
Mayor Gray said the goal is not only to make the lives of Lexington's citizens better, but to make the city more competitive. "To be competitive today, cities must be smarter than ever," he explained. "The best way to do this is to embrace data-driven decision making, encourage experimentation, engage citizens in problem-solving and tap into the creativity and talents of the community. Our Code for America Fellowship will help us push ourselves to imagine what’s possible and then make it happen.”
Lexington is one of only ten governments across the country selected to be in the program this year.