November 25, 2013 By News Report
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Jacksonville, Fla., received its 2013 Digital Cities Award in a special presentation Nov. 21. Jacksonville scored third in the category of cities above 250,000 population, up from 10th place last year.
"The top digital cities are leaders in open data and transparency efforts," said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "As well as innovators in deploying mobile applications to citizens while conforming to fiscal standards."
"The cities honored reflect public administrators and IT professionals wisely adopting technologies with a readiness to share with others serving public interests," said Marie Lopez-Rogers, National League of Cities president and mayor of Avondale, Ariz. "NLC and the City of Avondale are strong believers in those approaches. The Center for Digital Government deserves immense credit for its work facilitating community success through technology for many years.”
In its 13th year, the annual survey is a part of the Digital Communities Program and is open to all U.S. cities. The survey criteria focused on results achieved by cities -- via the use of technology -- in operating efficiencies, realizing strategic objectives, innovative or creative solutions or approaches, effective collaboration and transparency measures, among others. Accela, AT&T and NIC were this year's survey underwriters.