Boston is Named #1 Digital City in America
City’s success in leveraging tech to improve government services takes top honors
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For Immediate Release
November 07, 2013
Released By:
Innovation & Technology
For More Information Contact:
Geri Joyce Killarney

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that the City of Boston has taken top honors among the most tech-savvy digital cities in America this year. Boston city government was recognized for its efforts to engage and connect with constituents using mobile technology and social media.  The Center for Digital Government’s 13th Annual Digital Cities Survey ranked Boston first, ahead of other top ten finishers Philadelphia, Chicago, Raleigh, Austin and Los Angeles. The survey recognizes municipalities that made strides on information and technology practices and demonstrated the ability to innovate and leverage tools to better serve constituents and conduct government operations.

“Boston continues to find innovative ways to connect with constituents and make our city stronger.  Our approach has focused on people; it’s a high-touch, not just high-tech approach," said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.   "This award recognized a true citywide effort; we are the #1 digital city because of the good work of entrepreneurs inside and outside City Hall."

Todd Sander, executive director for the CDG, said he noticed an increase in the number of tech-savvy digital cities this year, particularly among larger jurisdictions.

“Cities that are investing in technology are seeing huge cost savings that are critical to operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services,” Sander said. “These cities are true innovators and we applaud them as they work in the spirit of collaboration to provide extraordinary value to constituents, despite budget setbacks.”

The City of Boston has been a national leader in developing tech enabled solutions for citizens and government.  Several of Boston’s innovative projects were recognized by the Center:

Boston’s Open Government Portal 

Tech Goes Home & Connecting Boston

City Hall to Go

Boston’s Social Media Center

Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

"We are honored with the recognition in the 2013 Digital Cities Survey, "There is a rising tide of tech enabled innovation coming from cities around the country – and it is exciting that Boston is leading the charge. ” Bill Oates, Chief Information Officer, City of Boston.

For more information:

2013 Digital Cities Announcement

The Top Ten list of 2013 Digital Cities Survey winners:

250,000 or more population:

1st — Boston

2nd — Louisville, Ky.

2nd — Philadelphia

3rd — Jacksonville, Fla.

3rd — Riverside, Calif.

4th — Henderson, Nev.

4th — Seattle

5th — Corpus Christi, Texas

5th — Las Vegas

5th — Virginia Beach, Va.

6th — Austin, Texas

6th — Chicago

7th — Albuquerque, N.M.

7th — Denver

7th — Long Beach, Calif.

8th — Mesa, Ariz.

8th — Tucson, Ariz.

9th — Baltimore

9th — Los Angeles

10th — Raleigh, N.C.


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