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Albany Wins in Digital Cities Survey 2015

The City of Albany has received a sixth place award in the 2015 Digital Cities Survey from the Center for Digital Government.  The annual survey recognizes leading examples of cities using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.

Now in its 15th year, the Digital Cities Survey is part of the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Communities Program, which focuses on collaboration among cities, counties, and regions. Open to all U.S. cities, the survey focuses on ten initiatives across four categories:  citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology and data.  Responses are reviewed and judged based on a set of criteria and how well the cities implemented these services across the entire city. 

“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,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “These cities are true innovators and we applaud their efforts to increase transparency and open government, encourage citizen participation, and enhance cybersecurity.”

The Center described Albany’s honor on the Digitial Communities website:

“Albany promotes transparency via numerous platforms including dashboards (http://data.cityofalbany.net) for its budget and expenditures and strategic plan scorecards that provide an easy way to track measurements of yearly objectives like running an effective government.  In addition, a Crime Analysis Reports and Mapping tool allows residents to see what’s occurring in their neighborhoods and search current crime statistics.  Citizen engagement is encouraged through different methods including social media, an e-newsletter, and apps like Goodsnitch (now Expresit).  A recently implemented electronic plan review program is streamlining processes internally and for contractors and others who must get building plans approved by the city.”

The survey honors cities in four population classifications.  Albany placed sixth among cities with a population under 75,000 and is the only Oregon city honored this year. 

Awards will be presented at the National League of Cities annual conference in Nashville on November 5, 2015.