February 7, 2013 By News Staff
On Feb. 7, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Code for America announced the launch of the Citizenville Challenge -- a call for local government leaders to commit to working toward a government for the 21st century.
“There is huge potential to use technology to transform the way government and citizens interact, communicate and solve problems," Newsom said in a press release. "During my seven years as mayor of San Francisco, I learned firsthand how important it is to have local government committed to driving this change. We are challenging local leaders across the country to push the boundaries of innovation to advance government to work for the citizenry of the 21st century."
Already, Austin, Texas; Fresno, Calif.; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia and San Francisco have accepted the challenge, and they urge other cities to do the same.
City leaders who accept the challenge can opt to do one or more of the following to advance their governments:
"The Citizenville Challenge highlights the incredible work cities and citizens are doing to make government work for the 21st Century,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “I encourage other mayors to take the challenge ... to institutionalize entrepreneurial civic innovation by advancing more open, participatory and transparent government in their cities and collaborate with the broad network of cities working in this space.”