December 14, 2012 By News Report
Chula Vista, Calif. received a 2012 Digital Cities award for cities of 125,000-249,000 population. The Digital Cities awards are presented to acknowledge annual progress (Chula Vista rose from 8th place last year to 4th); a return on IT investment; and demonstrated innovation and creative practices.
The award was presented before Chula Vista’s Mayor Cheryl Cox and the City Council. Chula Vista ITS and Human Resources Director Kelley Bacon received the award, accompanied by IT Manager Hermon Howell, ITS staff, and staff of Sprint, a Digital Cities sponsor.
The Digital Cities Survey, now in its 12th year, is conducted by the Center for Digital Government (CDG), a division of Government Technology's parent company, eRepublic Inc.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.