Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville has again been ranked a top digital city nationally, placing in the Top 5 in the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Cities Survey.
The annual survey, now in its 17th year, “recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement,” according to the center.
“In this changing world, we have to keep innovating to serve our citizens. Louisville has been a national leader in using technology and data to improve city services and create opportunity, and this recognition is another confirmation of our team’s hard work and innovative spirit,” Mayor Fischer said.
Earlier this year, Louisville ranked second in the Government Experience Awards from the Center for Digital Government for efforts to improve online services and access on the city’s web portal www.louisvilleky.gov.
The city’s Office of Civic Innovation is working to integrate city services with Amazon Echo, working to improve broadband services with companies such as Google Fiber (https://fiber.google.com/cities/louisville/), helping to remove barriers to digital access with the Digital Inclusion Plan (http://digitalinclusion.louisvilleky.gov/) and have deployed services on the IFTTT platform with the Smart Louisville initiative (https://louisvilleky.gov/government/smart-louisville).
“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!”
This year the survey honors cities in five population classifications. Louisville placed fifth in the 500,000 or more classification:
500,000 or more population category:
1st City of Los Angeles, CA
2nd City of Albuquerque, NM
3rd City of San Diego, CA
4th City of Charlotte, NC / Philadelphia, PA
5th City of Louisville, KY
6th City of Denver, CO /City of Seattle, WA
7th City of Boston, MA / Phoenix, AZ
8th City of Austin, TX / San Jose, CA
9th City of Tucson, AZ
10th City of El Paso, TX
Learn more about the awards (http://www.govtech.com/dc/Digital-Cities-Survey-2017.html), part of e.Republic and get highlights from the winning cities.