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Civic-minded coalition harnesses city data for public benefit

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In October, Grand Rapids officials sat down with civic-minded software developers and programmers to team up on ideas that use city data for community benefit.

The Friendly Code panel event included discussion on the city’s 311 services and a presentation by mayor-elect Rosalynn Bliss.

Allen Clark is a brigade captain at Friendly Code – the Grand Rapids chapter of Code for America. He says you don’t need to be a code ninja, or even a novice to get involved.

In this Midday West Michigan segment, Clark talks to WGVU about the chapter, upcoming projects and the importance of open-source data in our local community.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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