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The City of Olathe is among America’s top-ranked digital city governments (125,000 - 249,000 population) according to the 12th annual “Digital Cities Survey.”
Part of e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program, the annual survey focuses on results achieved by cities, via the use of technology, in operating efficiencies and realizing strategic objectives despite current fiscal constraints.
Olathe was recognized for a number of cost-saving and citizen engagement projects ranging from a new streetlight outage reporting interface to the use of an e-Town Hall to increase citizen participation in the budget process.
“Cities that are investing in technology are seeing tremendous cost savings that are critical to operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services,” said Todd Sander, executive director for the Center. “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.”
In the 125,000 to 249,000 population classification, Olathe ranked fifth behind the cities of: Salt Lake City, UT; Cape Coral, FL; Winston-Salem, NC; and Chula Vista, CA.
Other top-ranked cities by population classification include Louisville Metro Government, KY (250,000 or more), Ann Arbor, MI (75,000 to 124,999), and Marana, AZ (30,000 to 74,999).
Winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony concurrent with the National League of Cities annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts on November 30.