January 24, 2012 By News Staff
The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) appears to be making technology one of its priorities with the creation of a new task force.
Part of the task force’s mission will be to show how technology can foster innovation and transparency in local government. The committee will define mayoral priorities and will advise Congress and the Barack Obama administration.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee was appointed to lead the task force by USCM President Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles during the conference’s winter meeting last week. Lee has made a series of tech-related announcements since he became mayor of San Francisco a year ago. Last month San Francisco announced a partnership with Code for America to create a “civic startup accelerator,” as well as the appointment of Jay Nath to the newly created position of San Francisco’s chief innovation officer.
“Cities must be laboratories for innovation across the nation to create new jobs, improve government transparency and efficiency and build new public-private partnerships,” Lee said in a statement.
According to Lee’s office, the task force will examine:
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