The City of Iowa City is one of five mid-sized cities from around the world to be named a finalist for Amazon’s City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge.  

Iowa City is a finalist for The Dream Big Award, which will award a city or school with $25,000 worth of cloud services to be used to implement a great idea.

Iowa City applied for its ongoing Data-Driven Justice Initiative, which seeks to use data to identify people who would benefit from a pre-jail diversion program. 
A model showing how Data Driven Justice connects emergency services.
A model showing how Data-Driven Justice connects emergency services. Artistic credit: Meld

The program would divert low-level offenders, who are living with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, out of the criminal justice system. Using this data, local service providers would be able to provide pro-active mental health and substance abuse treatment that could reduce repeat offenses, while also decreasing incarceration and emergency medical service costs. 

“We are excited to be a finalist in this contest,” Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly said. “Enhanced cloud service will help us reach our goal of identifying those who have complex needs, and ultimately reduce their incarceration in jail as well as visits to emergency rooms.”

The City is working with Johnson County and Shelter House on this ongoing initiative.

Amazon will announce the winners at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit June 12-14 in Washington, D.C. 


Date of publication

Monday, June 05, 2017