FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 10, 2015
KC recognized as a top digital city in results of national survey
Center for Digital Government’s 2015 Digital Cities Survey ranks KC third in its population class
The City of Kansas City, Mo. is pleased to announce the results of the Center for Digital Government’s (CDG) 2015 Digital Cities Survey, which places Kansas City as a top-ranking digital City in the category of 250,000 and more population. Kansas City was specifically recognized for its Art of Data exhibit, Connect Home digital inclusion program, and for efforts to simplify the City’s request for proposal (RFP) process through a pilot partnership with local start-up RFP365.
“Innovation is a driving force throughout Kansas City government and throughout the City as we build on Google Fiber and implement our Smart City infrastructure,” said Mayor Sly James. “Being recognized as a top digital city is great, but we also see it as a challenge to grow and improve our efficiency for the future.”
The Digital Cities Survey is part of the CDG’s Digital Communities program and is open to all U.S. cities. The survey, now in its 15th year, focuses on ten initiatives across four categories: citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology and data. Responses are reviewed and judged based on a set of criteria and how well the cities implemented technology services across the entire city.
“The top-ranked digital city governments in this year’s survey are using cloud services, data analytics and mobile apps—among other technologies—to help citizens interact with government more easily than ever before,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “These cities are true innovators and we applaud their efforts to increase transparency and open government, encourage citizen participation, and enhance cybersecurity.”
The Digital Cities Survey is conducted annually in the summer. All United States cities, towns, villages and consolidated city/county governments are invited to participate in this survey, which examines the overall technology programs and plans of the city. The awards are presented concurrently with the National League of Cities conference held each November.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. A complete list of winners can be found online. The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.
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