California town to crowdfund on Tampa-based Citizinvestor

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The city of Elk Grove, California is using Tampa-based “crowdfunding” Citizinvestor to help preschoolers learn by engaging with the latest touch-screen technology.

The “App a Day” project is the first California municipality to raise funds through the municipal fundraising website created by Jordan Raynor and Tony DeSisto.

After the successes of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, DeSisto and Raynor launched the crowdfunding site for department-approved municipal projects to get the funding they need.

DeSisto is a former member of the City of Tampa’s Citizen Budget Advisory Committee. His experience with municipal budgets led him to develop Citizinvestor, to find alternative ways to fund small public projects.

There is a long list of plans waiting for citizen donations on Citizinvestor  is long, ranging from restoring the Hacienda Hotel in New Port Richey to adding bike parking to a high school in Eugene, Oregon.

Most of these projects are a low priority for many city budgets, especially in a time of belt tightening in local government.

Gary Davis, Mayor of Elk Grove, announced “App a Day” on July 1.  His goal is to use iPads and other touch-screen technology as learning tools for infants and children up to the age of five. The tablets would be available through the Elk Grove Public Library.

For more information, or to donate to projects on Citizinvestor, visit

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