|The City of Chula Vista has been selected by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program as one of the top-ranked digital city governments. According to the 10th anniversary Digital Cities survey, Chula Vista ranked 8th in cities with a population of 125,000-249,000. The survey was open to all U.S. cities with a population of 30,000 or more seeking information on how cities bring information and communication technology to their city.
“Cities that are investing in technology are capturing cost savings that are critical to continuity of operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services,” said Todd Sander, director of Digital Communities. “The highest-ranking cities in the survey showed great strides in consolidating, enabling shared services, government transparency and communications interoperability. We applaud these innovators as they work in the spirit of collaboration to provide extraordinary value to constituents despite budget setbacks.”
Specifically, Chula Vista’s Information Technology Department helped provide services such as patrol cars linked to a mounted License Plate Reader system which helps locate stolen/crime-involved vehicles within minutes; updated online services to residents including the “Request for Service” application to report potholes, graffiti, street light problems and more; WiFi service was added to recreation and library facilities; and the identification and notification of Chula Vista residences with swimming pools to launch a pool safety campaign.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.
To see a complete list of all city winners from the survey, go to www.digitalcommunities.com/survey/cities.