The City Council will be introduced to the Code for America Fellows as part of a joint project between the city of Las Vegas and the Downtown Project at the Wednesday, Feb. 6, City Council meeting following the 8:30 a.m. Redevelopment Agency meeting in City Hall council chambers, located at 495 S. Main St.
Code for America is a non-profit organization working to bring together a network of civic leaders and organizations to build and support web-based infrastructure to help local governments become more transparent and connected to the people they serve.
The city applied for, and was awarded, this year’s fellowship along with other cities including New York, Kansas City and San Francisco. Funding for the project is split between the city and the Downtown Project, a local company funded by corporate leader Tony Hsieh.
The Code for America fellows include Lou Huang, Lyndsay Ballant and Ryan Closner. All three will be working in Las Vegas for about a month assessing community needs and potential web-based applications. They will then continue to work on the Las Vegas project through the end of the year.
The Code for America effort is launching on the heels of the city providing a new app for iPhone users who want to report a neighborhood problem or need assistance locating parking downtown. The Code for America team will work to add more ways for citizens to connect with the city. The new app, City of Las Vegas Mobile, is available for free at the App Store (sm).
In addition, as part of Black History Month, Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow will unveil new banners that feature paintings and will decorate the Berkley Square Historic District. The project includes 34 banners that will be located on the existing streetlight poles in the area bounded by D Street, Owens Avenue, H Street and Byrnes Avenue.
The Berkley Square neighborhood was designated on the National Register of Historic Places in October 2009. The paintings for the banners were created by artist Joseph Watson.
Also, Ward 1 Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian will recognize the February Citizen of the Month, Winifred Keaulani. Keaulani is an active adult at James Down Towers who assists her neighbors. The councilwoman will also recognize Ward 1 community partners.
Finally, the City Council will recognize a group of city employees who have been instrumental in the success of the popular Centennial Hills Active Adult Center programs.
Editor’s Note: Following Agenda Item 40, the Code for America fellows, Zach Ware from the Downtown Project and city Information Technologies Director Joseph Marcella will be available for media interviews.