Code for America unveils Macon apps

By Adam Ragusea

MACON, Ga.  —   Code for America fellows Jessica Lord and Nicholas Doroin show off their work in GPB's Macon studios. (Adam Ragusea / GPB News)

Macon residents have new ways to access information about city government.

The national non-profit Code for America is wrapping a one-year stint developing software applications to make government in Macon more transparent. They will unveil their completed work before the Macon City Council Tuesday evening.

Code for America fellow Jessica Lord built a map-based website that shows how Special Local Option Sales Tax dollars are being spent on individual infrastructure projects.

"There’s a bar chart so that you can compare the project's budgets to each other, there’s a funding schedule so you can see when projects are getting their money," Lord said. "If you print the page, it prints as a special report so it’s easy to share and post somewhere in the community."

Code for America is in its second year providing one year's worth of services to a select group of cities nationwide. This year's class included Macon along with Chicago, Austin, and Philadelphia.

The organization's work in Macon was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which also supports GPB's coverage of Middle Georgia.



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