2014 Digital Cities Award Winners Announced
Congratulations are in order! Earlier today, e.Republic released its 2014 rankings of American cities by best practices in public sector information and communications technology. The ratings, awarded in four groups by city population, are based on Digital Cities Survey responses provided by hundreds of cities regarding improving efficiency, meeting city defined goals, increasing transparency, and developing innovative projects.
The first and second place winners for cities of more than 250,000 are Los Angeles, CA and Kansas City, MO, respectively.
The City of Angeles made a big leap into the top spot from #9 in last year’s rankings. A move made possible, in large part, because LA launched both a new open data portal, including more than 800 datasets, and a dashboard to track economic, operational, and service performance metrics.
The jump was even larger for Kansas City, which did not rank among the top 10 in the 2013 Digital Cities Survey. Since that time, KC initiated a performance management dashboard, launched a new city website, enacted an open data policy, and opened a datastore with over 3,5000 datasets.
Middle to smaller-sized cities recognized by this year’s Digital Cities Survey include Winston-Salem, NC; Avondale, AZ; and Dublin, OH.
Don’t despair, if your city isn’t listed here. There’s always next year’s survey, which will value open, transparent government; open data; mobile applications; cybersecurity; and e-government among other priorities.