Published : Monday, November 5, 2018 | 6:27 PM
The Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government, has chosen the City of Pasadena as one of the winners in the 2018 Digital Cities Survey, out of about 30,000 cities and towns in the U.S.
The survey honors cities in five population classifications: 500,000 or more, 250,000 to 499,999; 125,000 to 249,999; 75,000 to 124,999 and fewer than 75,000.
Pasadena tied with Hampton, Virginia, for sixth place among cities with population numbers between 125,000 and 249,999, according to results announced by CDG Friday.
In ranking Pasadena, the Center said the City has made the use of data a top priority and has heavily utilized its Information Technology department to execute its plans.
“The City had one of the first open data sites in southern California and continues to become more transparent, especially around budgeting and city council activities,” the CDG said in its report about the winners. “Pasadena also looks for innovative ways to use data, like leveraging it for performance measurement. In addition, it proactively shares its data with Caltech (The California Institute of Technology) for use in data analytics courses. In return, the city has been able to use the results to gain insights into its operational areas.”
CDG also cited Pasadena’s active social media program, with its 28,000 Twitter followers and daily posts that serve a population of more than 142,000, and has launched a universal online payment gateway pilot.
The city is also testing Alexa as a voice assistant service for its residents, the CDG noted. In terms of connectivity, the city runs a 25-mile fiber backbone and has leveraged the network to bring free public Wi-Fi to city parks, the results said.
One of this year’s five first-place winners is the city of Los Angeles, which the CDG said provides a “huge range of digital services to city residents.” The results said Los Angeles has an Open Data platform with 1,100 datasets, with 100 percent of departments contributing.
CDG’s survey of Digital Cities was underwritten this year by Dell EMC, Laserfiche, Pure Storage, Tanium and Tyler Technologies.
The top 10 winners who will be honored at a special awards dinner during the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Los Angeles on November 8, the CDG said.