Mark Wheeler, the Chief Innovation Officer of the City of Philadelphia, has announced an initiative to bring blockchain technology to the city government on Monday.
It has been reported that the project has invited people working in the blockchain and smart contracts space to contact staff working on the project to see how crypto technology could be useful within municipal government.
Wheeler tweeted that he was inspired by the blockchain forward efforts of Miami, where Mayor Francis Suarez has touted city-specific crypto tokens as a potential replacement for taxes and has opted to receive his next paycheck in Bitcoin.
However, the city’s website features a background informationally section about crypto that includes Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin white paper, Vatalik Buterin’s Ethereum white paper, a 21-minute introductory video from Andreessen Horowtiz, and a link to the Web3 foundation site.
“I’m trying to get a very good sense of the use cases, and why there could be a value proposition here, and that’s what the website is all about. We’re ready to talk.”
The city of brotherly love is only the latest municipal government to enter the crypto sphere. Monday's launch comes on the heels of newly elected NYC Mayor Eric Adam’s announcement that he hopes crypto literacy will be taught in public schools.
Thus, after Suarez’s lead, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor plans to accept her next paycheck in Bitcoin as well.