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New fund from the city to fund civic tech projects

The Operations Transformation Fund has $10 million to dole out over the next two years (fiscal year 2022 and 2023), and this week, the City announced the first round of projects that will get those funds. Eleven projects were selected from nearly 60 proposals — “a clear signal that City departments are incredibly interested in improving how they deliver services to Philadelphia residents,” per a statement.

The selected projects will create 19 new jobs in positions such as software engineers, designers, project coordinators, human resources and community engagement specialists. Four of the chosen initiatives also include $50,000 to compensate residents for participating in focus groups, forming an advisory committee, and usability testing to inform the City’s work going forward.