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Phoenix Recognized as Top Digital City for Technology UsePhoenix Recognized as Top Digital City for Technology Use<div class="ExternalClassEF9B12074C304E3FABDFD42E39A36B76"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default ms-rte-paste-settablesizes"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>The City of Phoenix has been recognized as a technology leader for using digital solutions to improve citizen engagement. Phoenix placed 3rd among cities of 250,000 people or more in the 2015 Digital Cities Survey organized by e.Republic's Center for Digital Government.</p><p>The award marks the second consecutive year Phoenix has placed in the Top 10 nationally in the competition. Phoenix also moved up in the rankings — from 6th place last year — based on efforts to develop technology solutions that help residents.  These initiatives include a diverse array of digital projects, ranging from expanded electronic resources for li​brary patrons and implementation of e-procurement processes for all purchasing citywide, to web-based payment technology for city court customers and improved organizational transparency through the city's open data program.</p><p>In particular, Digital Cities lauded the city's use of online public involvement tools to develop Transportation 2050, the citywide transportation plan passed by Phoenix voters in August of this year. Residents could suggest ideas for new transit services and street infrastructure via talktransportation.org, and share their opinions on a variety of transportation-related issues. The public input process reached neighborhoods citywide, and served as the blueprint for the final plan.</p><p>"Thousands of residents interacted with the city through this process, using polls, maps and discussion prompts to directly help and develop the plan," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. "Phoenix must continue to be a leader in engaging our residents. When we are able to reach additional stakeholders in the city through new and innovative technology, it will lead to improved services."</p><p>Additionally, the 2015 Digital Cities Survey also highlighted the Phoenix-led technology summit held late last year. This innovative summit brought together city entities with big companies, small businesses and citizens to discuss how technology could improve city operations and boost economic development. </p><p>More information on the awards can be found by visiting,   http://www.digitalcommuni​ties.com/survey/cities/?year=2015</p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>11/9/2015 10:30:00 PMTamra Ingersoll, Public Information Officer602-534-6648