Government Innovation

Collaboration between citizens and government leads to innovation.

Members in Code for KC Brigade

Roundtable Meetings with Code for America Fellows and Cities

Community Leaders Reached


A Kansas City-based municipality-to-municipality innovation network can improve local government services by developing open data applications, eliminating duplication of effort, enhancing collaboration and cohesion, and sharing resources. Examples include Internet applications to streamline permitting processes, allow citizens to report maintenance needs and optimize parking in congested areas.

Our goal is to develop a community initiative for citizen and business innovators to work with city halls to devise ways local governments can function and interact with citizens in more efficient, economical and user-friendly ways.


  • Engage citizens in focused discussions to determine what specific services and functions could benefit from high-speed Internet connections and new digital applications.
  • The two Kansas Cities should collaborate in pursuing corporate and foundation support, as well as state and federal grants, to support government innovation.
  • Work with MARC and local governments across the region to develop strategies for incorporating technology into improved government services and communications.
  • Engage citizens in government decision-making processed through technology.
  • Use technology to enhance customer service and responsiveness.
  • Implement technology solutions to support enhanced public safety, particularly in high-crime areas.City could change the face of health care across the country.

Projects in action

Civic Tech Forum and Apps Showcase

Created for Code for America’s CodeAcross celebration, the Civic Tech Forum and Showcase brought together 29 City Council Candidates and civic app developers for an innovation summit at Union Station.

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KC Digital Roadmap

Kansas City, Missouri’s Digital Roadmap (est. 02/2015) focuses on Digital Inclusion, Open Government, Engagement, Industry and Smart City

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Code for KC: A 2016 Recap

Did 2016 fly by for anyone else? It’s hard to believe that another year has come to a close, but as we reflect back on the last 12 months, we’re thrilled by what Code for KC and KC Digital Drive have accomplished, not to mention the foundation we’ve built to continue our work in 2017. […]

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CommunityKC 2.0: How the Mapping Tool Has Evolved and What’s Next

Anyone who’s worked on a digital project like a website or an app knows it’s very much a work in progress. There’s the initial launch, of course, which is typically followed by a never-ending evolution: updates that introduce new or improved functionality, design changes and other enhancements. Since CommunityKC launched at the third annual Community […]

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