The Digital Cities Survey has ranked Long Beach as a Top 10 Digital City yet again—for the sixth year in a row, beating out other large American municipalities for a spot on the list, the city announced today. The survey seeks to highlight cities using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.
Long Beach bounced up two spots to a sixth-place ranking among cities with populations between 250,000 to 499,000. The city ranked ninth in the same survey last year.
"Being a Top-10 Digital City for six consecutive years demonstrates that we are continuing to use technology to make it easier for our residents and businesses to access City services and to do business within the City," said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement.
“This year’s top digital cities are using technology to ensure citizens can meaningfully interact with city government more easily than any other time in history,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government in a statement. “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 city listed the following as examples of their commitment to creating a fully-functioning digital city:
Using technology to provide 24/7 mobile access to government services and data and to serve as a catalyst for collaboration, engagement and connection for the entire community.
Creating Bizport, the Long Beach business portal website, providing a one-stop-shop for businesses seeking information about starting and growing a business in Long Beach.
Changing procurement methods by working with CityMart to launch invitations for ideas and solutions, instead of simply asking for the cost of services and resources already predetermined by the City.
The full ranking of cities in Long Beach’s population bracket was as follows:
- City of Virginia Beach, VA
- City of Kansas City, MO
- City of Pittsburgh, PA
- City of Greensboro, NC
- City of Riverside, CA
- City of Long Beach, CA
- City of Sacramento, CA
- City of Cincinnati, OH
- City of Henderson, NV
- City of Omaha, NE