Mayor Garcetti announced today that "Team Los Angeles" was named as one of Gov Tech's Top 25 in its annual list of "Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers". The list recognizes those who "cut through the public sector’s legendary barriers to innovation with transformative ideas."
"Team Los Angeles" comprises Mayor Eric Garcetti, Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, City Controller Ron Galperin, and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.
"Through in-house innovation and harnessing private-sector technology, we're making government services more efficient and effective," Mayor Garcetti said. "While I'm proud that our work is being nationally recognized, I'm even more proud that our efforts are delivering results to improve lives and neighborhoods for the residents of Los Angeles."
The article describes the reasons "Team Los Angeles" was selected for this honor:
"You’d be hard pressed to find a city better equipped to boldly confront its tech future than Los Angeles. Originally a Government Technology Top 25 honoree in 2007... Eric Garcetti assumed office as mayor in July 2013."Since then, he’s appointed the city’s first chief innovation technology officer, Peter Marx of Qualcomm Labs, as well as its first chief data officer, former Code for America co-executive director Abhi Nemani, to serve alongside IT Agency General Manager (and fellow past Top 25 award-winner) Steve Reneker."Evidence of Garcetti’s commitment to technology as a powerful enabler of improved citizen services can also be seen in a number of initiatives he’s launched since becoming mayor. A new data portal features more than 800 sets of city data and performance-tracking metrics in several key program areas."
"I'm honored to be named to the GovTech Top 25 for our team’s efforts to use technology and open data to make Los Angeles' finances transparent and to empower citizens to find innovative solutions to the challenges that our city faces," said Controller Ron Galperin.
"Creating a modern, connected Los Angeles that is prepared to tackle the challenge of our digital future is the urgent task of this decade,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, who chairs the City’s Innovation, Technology and General Services Committee. “In response, Los Angeles has quickly established itself as a leader in leveraging technology to make government more effective, efficient and transparent and I am pleased to be part of such an amazing team, along with Mayor Eric Garcetti, his Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, Rick Cole, and Controller Ron Galperin, working to advance that effort.”