January 18, 2012 By News Report
Hampton, Va., and Danville, Va., scored at the top of the 2011 Digital Cities Awards, conducted annually by the Center for Digital Government.
Hampton, Va. -- for the 10th year in a row -- Scored among the nation's top digital cities in the 125,000-249,999 population category.
And for the second year in a row, Danville, Va. -- ranked among top digital cities in the 30,000-74,999 population category. The awards were recently presented to Hampton and Danville by Pete Hatcher and Dan Sisson respectively, who represent survey sponsor AT&T.
“Cities that are investing in technology are capturing cost savings that are critical to continuity of operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services,” said Todd Sander, director of Digital Communities. “The highest-ranking cities in the survey showed great strides in consolidating and enabling shared services, government transparency and communications interoperability. We applaud these innovators as they work in the spirit of collaboration to provide extraordinary value to constituents despite budget setbacks.”
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.