The City of Independence (www.independencemo.org) has been ranked seventh in its population category (75,000 - 124,999) in the 13th annual Digital Cities Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government (www.centerdigitalgov.com) and Digital Communities magazine. The Digital Cities 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.
This is the eleventh year Independence has been ranked as one of the most technology-advanced cities in America. The Center for Digital Government says the annual survey recognizes municipalities which successfully incorporate information technology into operations to better serve their constituents and businesses.
“Nationally the number of tech-savvy digital cities is increasing, particularly among the larger jurisdictions responding to the survey,” said Todd Sander, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government. “The top digital cities are leaders in open data and transparency efforts, as well as innovators in deploying mobile applications to citizens while conforming to fiscal standards.”
Independence City Manager Robert Heacock praised the Technology Services Department for the accomplishments of the department in serving the citizens of Independence and repeatedly receiving recognition for their efforts.
“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our technology services staff and the entire organization as we strive to be innovators in the provision of electronic services and information access for Independence residents and businesses,” Heacock said.
Winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony concurrent with the National League of Cities annual conference in Seattle, WA on Friday, November 15, 2013.
The annual survey is a part of the Digital Communities Program and is open to all U.S. cities. The survey criteria focused on results achieved by cities – via the use of technology – in operating efficiencies, realizing strategic objectives, innovative or creative solutions or approaches, effective collaboration and transparency measures, among others.
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 exclusively on the state and local government market and education.