FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 16, 2016
In the race to use technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement, the City of Kansas, Missouri, is running away from other U.S. cities its size.
The recently released winners list for the Center for Digital Government (CDG) for the 2016 Digital Cities Survey has KCMO right behind the top-ranked City of Virginia Beach, Va., for cities with populations between 250,000 and 499,000.
KCMO moved up one spot from its third-place ranking in 2015. Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner will accept the award on behalf of the city at a ceremony held Thursday in conjunction with the National League of Cities annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“This year’s top digital cities are using technology to ensure citizens can meaningfully interact with city government more easily than any other time in history,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “From open data portals to enhanced connectivity and mobile platforms, this year’s top-ranked cities are actively promoting transparency, encouraging citizen participation and making it easier for people to do business with government. Congratulations to the winners!”
The city’s nomination narrative was based on five pillars of a digital roadmap: smart city, engagement, open government, digital inclusion and industry. Those standards set the path for key programs and goals. For example, an open data ordinance incorporates the Sunlight Foundation’s best practices, and smart city initiatives include interactive kiosks, smart streetlights and 50 blocks of free public Wi-Fi.
Here’s the winners list for this category:
1st – City of Virginia Beach, Va.
2nd – City of Kansas City, Mo.
3rd – City of Pittsburgh, Pa.
4th – City of Greensboro, N.C.
5th – City of Riverside, Calif.
6th – City of Long Beach, Calif.
7th – City of Sacramento, Calif.
8th – City of Cincinnati, Ohio
9th – City of Henderson, Nev.
10th – City of Omaha, Neb.
For more information, contact City Communications Director Chris Hernandez at 816-513-3474.