The Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program announced that Olathe, Kansas has been recognized as the nation’s second ranked “digital city” for mid-sized cities. The ranking recognizes local governments that optimize technology to work more efficiently and provide better services. The Digital Cities Survey is open to all cities in America with a population of 30,000 or more.
Olathe’s use of technology includes using new media to reach residents, performance measurement of technology investment, new property management systems, automated water meters, providing key information for measures and budgets for the public to easily access, automated calling and notification system, and cost savings by outsourcing some technology functions.
According to City Manager Michael Wilkes, technology plays an important role in Olathe’s success. He said, “Given today’s economic situation and the amount of cuts we have made, it is critical that we continue to find ways to do things better and more efficiently to continue meeting or exceeding our residents’ high expectations, and using technology central to that success.”
The 2010 Digital Cities Survey was underwritten by AT&T; Cisco; EMC; Hyland Software, developers of OnBase; McAfee; and Microsoft. All companies are proud partners of city governments across America.
Winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado on December 2nd.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.