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North Port places No. 6 in Digital Cities Survey, recognized for employing technology to improve services, encourage engagement, enhance transparency

Post Date:11/10/2016

CDG16 DigCities Winner Image_300x250The Center for Digital Government (CDG) today announced the winners of the 2016 Digital Cities Survey. The City of North Port ranked sixth in its population category.

Now in its 15th anniversary year, the annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement.

“This year’s top digital cities are using technology to ensure citizens can meaningfully interact with city government more easily than in any other time in history,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “From open data portals to enhanced connectivity and mobile platforms, this year’s top-ranked cities are actively promoting transparency, encouraging citizen participation and making it easier for people to do business with government. Congratulations to the winners!”

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

In recent years, the City has implemented technology to further connect and engage residents in their local government. The City offers a financial transparency website; offers a website that is mobile and tablet friendly; provides a robust social media communication strategy; uses GIS technology to provide interactive maps; and more.

This year the survey honors cities in five population classifications: 500,000 or more, 250,000 to 499,999; 125,000 to 249,999; 75,000 to 124,999 and fewer than 75,000. North Port was one of three Florida cities in its category (fewer than 75,000) to be recognized. The City ranked No. 6. The results were:

Up to 75,000 population category:

1st City of Tamarac, FL
2nd City of Shawnee, KS
3rd City of Williamsburg, VA
4th City of Carson City, NV
4th Village of Schaumburg, IL
5th City of Palo Alto, CA
6th City of De Soto, TX
6th City of North Port, FL
7th Town of Marana, AZ
8th City of Ithaca, NY
9th City of Hudson, OH
10th City of Punta Gorda, FL

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