The most technology advanced cities in America have been named by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities magazine, and for the seventh time the City of Arvada has placed in the Top Ten Digital Cities in the population category of 75,000 – 124,999. In fact, this year Arvada rose to second place in the nation behind only Santa Monica, California.
The Digital Cities Survey examines how cities use technology to create a seamless environment between local government and constituents.
As part of its entry submission, City staff highlighted a number of key projects and technologies that distinguish it self from other organizations and also published its strategic technology plan.
The City of Arvada has embraced social media and become a leader in this area. They have integrated with You Tube and Flickr to deliver video and pictures on all city web sites and they have started to engage citizens through the use of tools such as Twitter and Facebook. You can check out all of the social media tools in one place at http://arvada.org/find-us-online
The City also offers access to information and City staff around the clock with its award winning Ask Arvada citizen response management system. Although this service has been in place for over two years it continues to be a popular customer service offering. Check out Ask Arvada at http://user.govoutreach.com/arvada/faq.php
The top ten cities in the 75,000 – 124,999 category are (in order of ranking): City of Santa Monica, CA; City of Arvada, CO; City of Roanoke, VA; City of Richardson, TX and City of West Palm Beach, FL (tie); City of Ann Arbor, MI and City of Independence, MO (tie); City of Lee's Summit, MO and City of Pueblo, CO (tie); City of Westminster, CO; City of Lawrence, KS and City of Ogden, Utah (tie); City of Boulder, CO, and Village of Schaumburg, IL.
The survey is open to all U.S. cities with a population of 30,000 or more and respondent cities are classified into four size-based categories.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, Inc., a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector. See www.erepublic.com.
Arvada has been named top Digital City in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The 2009 award will be given on November 12 at the National League of Cities 2009 Congress of Cities in San Antonio, TX.
The complete list of 2009 winners may be found at www.centerdigitalgov.com.