Cities with Best Practices in Public Sector Information and Communications Technology Honored
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LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that Los Angeles was ranked #1 for cities with populations of 250,000 or more in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey, conducted by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government.
The recognition reflects Mayor Garcetti’s effort to transform Los Angeles into the best-run big city in America, a vision which includes deploying technology to modernize city government, increasing transparency, and expanding civic engagement.
“In the 21st century, digital must be the default for cities. It’s already the norm in our private and personal lives,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Los Angeles is committed to being a world class digital city, and this recognition speaks to the important strides we have made in this administration.”
The annual survey, in its 14th year, measures collaboration among cities, countries, and regions across the U.S. Open to all U.S. cities, this year’s survey looked at city initiatives toward citizen engagement, policy, operations, technology and data.
In the survey announcement, e.Republic notes, “Judges were impressed by [Los Angeles’] expenditure portal, 311 service platform, strides to bridge the digital divide by providing refurbished computers to the public, deployment of utility portals, use of open data architecture, and integration of a Cyber Intrusion Command Center to keep the city’s data safe.”
“We believe this is the start of a digital transformation of the Los Angeles government,’ said Los Angeles Chief Technology Officer Steve Reneker, “and we are focused more on breaking down the barriers that prevent us from being successful.”
Tech innovation isn’t limited to the public sector. Today, Los Angeles has the highest population of high-tech employees in the country, and the industry has added more than $108 billion to the region’s economy. L.A. is applying technology at an unprecedented rate to transform its leading industries.
The top 10-ranked cities will be honored at a special awards ceremony during the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Austin on November 20th.
2014 Digital Cities Survey Winners:
250,000 or more population:
1st City of Los Angeles, CA
2nd City of Kansas City, MO
2nd City of Seattle, WA
3rd City of Jacksonville, FL
4th City of Philadelphia, PA
5th City of Raleigh, NC
5th City of Riverside, CA
6th City of Long Beach, CA
6th City of Phoenix, AZ
7th City and County of Denver, CO
8th City of Oakland, CA
9th City of Albuquerque, NM
9th City of Sacramento, CA
10th City of Mesa, AZ