December 19, 2011 By News Report
Photo: Roseville, Calif., CIO Hong Sae (Left) Receives Digital Cities award from Cathilea Robinett and Matthew Weaver.
Roseville, Calif., -- first-place finisher in the 2011 Digital Cities Awards for 75,000 – 124,999 population, received its award in a special presentation recently. Roseville this year improved its ranking from 4th in the 2009 survey. Presenting the award to Hong Sae, Roseville CIO, were Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government, and Matthew Weaver of AT&T, a survey sponsor.
In presenting the award, Weaver said that Roseville's ranking reflected the city's new IT governance model, an 88 percent customer service satisfaction, savings through consolication, a social media program, smart transportation, public safety interoperability and more.
Roseville CIO Hong Sae attributed the city's success to staff, departments and business partners who tackled the multitude of transformational projects.
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