The City of Philadelphia was awarded first place in the Center for Digital Government (CDG) 2015 Digital Cities Survey. The annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.
Philadelphia was recognized by CDC judges for its efforts in building a citizen-centric website, a successful open data and analytics program, and a robust innovation strategy, which integrates an Academy, Lab, and Fund to build a capacity for innovation within city government. The City was also recognized for implementing a US2020 STEM mentoring program facilitated by City IT employees.
“When I became Mayor, I placed great importance on making City government more transparent and responsive to the needs of our citizens,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I am proud that the Center for Digital Government has recognized our efforts to increase access to information and stimulate innovation in government.”
Open to all U.S. cities, the 2015 Digital Cities Survey recognized cities across four population categories. Philadelphia won first place for a city of 250,000 or more. Other cities rounding out the top five were Los Angeles, Louisville, Kansas City, and Phoenix.
“This recognition speaks to the efforts of our entire organization,” said Chief Innovation Officer Adel Ebeid. “We have grown in our ability to support the basic technology operations of city departments and now we can increasingly focus on making technology more accessible and relevant for Philadelphia’s residents through public-facing initiatives.”
Todd Sander, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, said, “The top-ranked digital city governments in this year’s survey are using cloud services, data analytics and mobile apps—among other technologies—to help citizens interact with government more easily than ever before. These cities are true innovators and we applaud their efforts to increase transparency and open government, encourage citizen participation, and enhance cyber-security. Congratulations to the winners!”
Winners were honored during the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Nashville earlier this month. For more information about the Center for Digital Government, visit www.centerdigitalgov.com.