City of Williamsburg Selected as one of the Top Digital Cities in the United States
The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has announced the winners of its 2017 Digital Cities Survey, and Williamsburg, Virginia placed 5th in the United States of populations less than 75,000. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of cities using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Williamsburg, with a population of approximately 15,200, made the top ten in its population category for the fifth consecutive year.
This 2017 survey focused on collaboration among cities, counties and regions with targeted questions on the initiatives cities were proudest of in the areas of citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology and data. Many factors play into the judging process, including an increased focus on open government/transparency/open data and access to information.
“Our inclusion on this prestigious list for the fifth year in a row is a testament to a supportive City Council, citizenry and an engaged staff,” says Mark Barham, the City’s Director of Information Technology. “As an organization and as a department, we strive to use technology in meaningful and thoughtful ways to improve employee efficiency, increase access to information and, ultimately, improve the lives of our citizens.” Barham noted that Digital Cities commended several recent technology upgrades, notably the new monthly departmental operating reports, the City’s use of open data and performance dashboards and the and the addition of new and innovative technologies such as Facebook Live.
“This year’s leading digital cities are leveraging technology to connect disadvantaged citizens with critical information and services, promote citizen inclusion in important government processes and share government data with the public,” said Teri Takai, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “Thanks to the efforts of these innovative cities, citizens can now meaningfully interact with city government more easily than in any other time in history. Congratulations to the winners!”
“Mark Barham and his staff are to be commended for advancing the policy of City Council to use technology to engage our citizens in an inclusive manor,” says City Manager Marvin Collins. “Technology continues to be the innovative means to efficiency and effectiveness for the City of Williamsburg.”
Ten finalists were chosen in five separate population categories. Winners were Los Angeles, CA (cities with residents of 500,000 or more); Virginia Beach, VA (cities with between 250,000 and 499,999 residents); Cape Coral, FL (cities with populations from 125,000 to 249,999); Lynchburg, VA (cities with between 75,000 to 124,999) and Tamarac, FL (cities of less than 75,000), the category in which Williamsburg placed 5th. For a complete list of winners, visit the Digital Communities website.
Up to 75,000 population category:
1st City of Tamarac, FL
2nd Village of Pinehurst, NC
3rd Village of Schaumburg, IL
4th City of Punta Gorda, FL
5th City of Williamsburg, VA
6th City of DeSoto, TX
7th City of Ithaca, NY
7th Town of Marana, AZ
8th City of Palo Alto, CA
9th City of North Port. FL
10th City of Salem, VA