By Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A program at Temple University that uses maps, apps, and social networks to improve neighborhoods has gotten another infusion of cash.
The grant will give hundreds of high school and college students the chance to help their communities.
The Knight Foundation is pitching in $635,000 for the Temple Urban Apps and Maps Studios.
“The new funding will allow us to work more closely with communities, with residents of the area around Temple’s campus and with folks who are interested in getting involved in starting small businesses,” says Michele Masucci, the senior associate vice provost for research at Temple University.
Masucci says students are trained over the summer in the school’s labs to develop mobile solutions to local problems, all while gaining experience in a growing sector of the economy.
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