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The City of Houston is looking for start-up companies to help create technology solutions to improve government services and foster economic development.

Earlier today, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the city’s partnership with the national Startup in Residence (STIR) program. Through the partnership, the city is looking to start-ups for solutions related to Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The challenges will be published in the coming months and startups will be selected in early 2018.

The new partnership will help to continue Mayor Turner’s goals of modernizing government and building a vibrant startup community. Mayor Turner has already tapped efforts to boost the tech community with the creation of a Technology & Innovation Task Force and the Mayor’s Office of Innovation to work with tech and research community to create solutions for the city’s challenges.

STIR started in 2014 in San Francisco as an experiment and expanded to nearby surrounding cities. The 16-week program offers education for government and startup staff in several areas including partnership, civic technology trends and new methods of product development and procurement.

For additional information contact Annie Pope, Mayor’s Office of Innovation at 832.395.3214 or annie.pope@houstontx.gov.

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