Technology Sector Founders and Executives From LinkedIn, Ning, Ustream, Causes and Seesmic Join With Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker to Form the Newark Tech Corps

Jul 22, 2009, 12:40 ET from City of Newark, Press Information Office

Online communities, networks and communication systems combine efforts to create local applications for activating social change with national and global relevancies

NEWARK, N.J., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Mayor Cory A. Booker ( announces the formation of the Newark Tech Corps, a working group of technology sector founders and executives teaming with Newark Leadership to activate and amplify the social Web to accelerate positive change in Newark and beyond. Designees from LinkedIn, Ning, Ustream, Causes and Seesmic are joining with Mayor Booker to harness new media platforms, experiences and connections to elevate local, national and global engagement with Newark's residents, schools, social services and businesses.

"We are thrilled to have the participation of leading technology luminaries in moving Newark forward on the Web," said Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker. "Having access to these executives, their experiences and technology platforms, will help us advance the important work underway in Newark to a new level of awareness and possibilities, creating additional channels of opportunity and resource generation for the Newark community."

The Newark Tech Corps informally began in Silicon Valley in late May, when Mayor Booker and his team met with technology leaders to gain their insights on connecting social Web audiences to advancing the immediate and longer-term goals for the City of Newark. The dynamic discussion surrounding grass-roots mobilization of online audiences to support American cities as a new model for driving urban transformation led to the creation of the Newark Tech Corps, a team convened to assemble online audiences for change.

Founding Newark Tech Corps participants include:

  • Gina Bianchini, CEO of Ning
  • Joe Green, co-Founder of Causes
  • John Ham, Ustream Founder and CEO
  • Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Executive Chairman and co-Founder
  • Loic Le Meur, Seesmic Founder and CEO
  • Sean Parker, co-Founder of Causes
  • Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

"We are pleased and honored to collaborate with the City of Newark," said Reid Hoffman, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Linkedin. "All global change starts locally. We are excited to work with Mayor Booker on the connections, networks, and tools for local action on a global stage."

Participation in the Newark Tech Corps is voluntary. Newark Tech Corps participants will convene quarterly with Mayor Booker to rally around defined initiatives.

"Our recent Presidential election demonstrated the significance of online mobilization to the nation and world," added Mayor Booker. "Positive change in our history is not inevitable: opportunity must be seized. We recognize the revolution of social media that is taking place, and we are motivated to bring Newark into this stream of change. The potential of this new partnership inspires me, and we look forward to expanding the Newark Tech Corps team as our City further embraces new technology applications and systems."

About the City of Newark, New Jersey

Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of over 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation's largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major rail connections, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.

With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival. In population, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the northeast. Its 6 major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The production of affordable housing has doubled, businesses are returning and crime is coming down. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission: to set a national standard for urban transformation.

    Contact:  Desiree Peterkin Bell
    Director of Communications
    City of Newark

SOURCE City of Newark, Press Information Office