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City Of Philadelphia Launches New App To Connect Citizens With Communities

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The City of Philadelphia introduced a new mobile web application that allows citizens quickly to find out more about neighborhoods that are part of the PhillyRising Collaborative.

Core features of the app include, upcoming events like community meetings and cleanups; information about community resources; locations of neighborhood facilities such as libraries, KEYSPOTs and healthy corner stores; success stories in neighborhoods; and an open discussion forum for each neighborhood.

The app’s purpose is to connect residents with their communities and provide a forum to share important information that can help improve the neighborhood.

Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination and Managing Director Richard Negrin said, “The myPhillyRising app is the latest tool in the City’s efforts to engage residents in improving their neighborhoods.  It helps residents connect with neighbors and resources in their neighborhood, including those that can help close the digital divide.  If you need help from the City, use Philly311, but if you want to help and get involved, use myPhillyRising.”

The app serves the following neighborhoods: Elmwood, Frankford, Haddington, Hartranft, Kensington, Kingsessing, Lawncrest, Market East, North Central, Penrose, Point Breeze, Southeast, St. Hugh’s, Strawberry Mansion, Swampoodle and Allegheny West.

Information will be uploaded to the app by PhillyRising staff but individuals can also share information through the app.

To access the app, visit www.myphillyrising.com. The app is web-based, so it can be used through iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices as well as computers, laptops and tablets.

The app is also available as a widget on the Philly311 mobile app. Users can sign-in using Twitter, Facebook or a Philly311 Mobile App login.

To view screenshots of the app, visit: http://imgur.com/a/MxC7G.

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