Survey Names City of Fresno Top 10 Digital Government City
11/27/2012
FRESNO – The City of Fresno has been selected as a top-ranked digital government in the 12th annual Digital Cities Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities program.

The survey recognized Fresno as number 10 in the nation in cities with populations of 250,000 or more. Louisville Metro Government in Kentucky was the first-place winner in the category.

“Not only does the City of Fresno team continue to lead through innovation and technology, but this award recognizes the value of multi-agency partnerships to advance the entire region,” City Manager Mark Scott said. “We’re honored that our efforts have received national recognition.”

In its application, the City highlighted a project that replaced and supplemented all fixed two-way radio equipment for the Fire and Police departments. The project included a number of regional partners and benefitted nearby cities and fire districts served by the Fresno Fire Department.

The project was funded by a $1.75 million Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the largest award of the more than 2,700 grants nationwide.

The City’s application also featured technology efforts related to video policing, supporting computer labs at the City’s neighborhood centers to ensure that Community-Based Organizations can provide vital technology education to young people, and improving efficiency for the field staff from Streets Division by allowing them to take physical asset inventories using GPS mobile devices.

The Digital Cities Survey criteria focused on results achieved by cities, via the use of technology, in operating efficiencies and realizing strategic objectives despite current fiscal constraints.

The award is the third recent honor related to the City’s Information Services Department. Carolyn Hogg, the City’s chief information officer, recently was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for the department’s work on broadband issues.

In addition, IBM selected the City of Fresno to receive an international Smarter Cities Challenge grant to provide the City with access to IBM’s top experts to work on economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts.

The City’s Digital Cities application, which outlines the City’s overall efforts.

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