"The City of Jacksonville has quickly become a national leader in using information and communication technology to provide innovative and cost effective digital services," said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "Community collaboration and partnership are hallmarks of their success and have established Jacksonville as a benchmark for cities and counties across the country."
The Center for Digital Government’s survey reviews progress on information and communication technology practices made over the past year, return on investment, and the demonstrated ability to innovate and leverage creative practices.
In their review the City’s survey responses, judges cited the leadership of the City’s Information Technologies Division (ITD) in fostering collaborative solutions to address challenges. In particular, the judges noted the development and use of business intelligence tools, mobile applications, and the consolidation of internet service with partner agencies.
In the past year, ITD has developed two new mobile applications, JaxHapps and JaxFerry, partnered with other local agencies to share a 1 gigabit network with $200,000 in savings, and launched a new, internal financial analytics tool to allow city leaders to better manage city spending. A full list of accomplishments can be found on the division’s web page
The city worked collaboratively with partners at JEA, JTA, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Court Administration, Clerk of Court, the Property Appraiser’s Office, Duval County Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, and the Jacksonville Public Library in this year’s survey.
“JEA is excited to share this award with the city,” said Wanyonyi Kendrick, Chief Information Officer for JEA. “We are thrilled to see our focus on collaboration with the city and upgrades to jea.com, as well as the plethora of other technology service additions, have won national recognition again.”
“I share the Mayor’s vision that technology is critical in serving the public,” said Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., JTA’s CEO. “As part of our effort to build a world-class public transportation system, we will continue to include the latest technology elements that will make our services easier for our customers.”
“By leveraging technology tools not only in response to, but also in anticipation of, the information needs of our customers, the library is now more accessible than ever before,” said Library Director Barbara Gubbin. “Mobile access through the JaxLibrary app means customers can visit us anywhere, anytime. Through Wi-Fi and Internet access, digital materials, more than 800 public computers, and hands-on technology education by library e-specialists, the Jacksonville Public Library provides the technology and tools our customers need today.”
2013 Winners with 250,000 or more population:
2nd Louisville, Ky.
3rd Jacksonville, Fla.
3rd Riverside, Calif.
4th Henderson, Nev.
5th Corpus Christi, Texas
5th Las Vegas
5th Virginia Beach, Va.
6th Austin, Texas
7th Albuquerque, N.M.
7th Long Beach, Calif.
8th Mesa, Ariz.
8th Tucson, Ariz.
9th Los Angeles
10th Raleigh, N.C.
About the Center for Digital Government
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, events and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation. For more information, visit www.centerdigitalgov.com