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Phoenix Receives Third Consecutive Top Digital City AwardPhoenix Receives Third Consecutive Top Digital City Award<div class="ExternalClassC9065D7894654888826CFF0A47273FA7"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>The City of Phoenix has again ranked nationally for using digital solutions to improve citizen engagement. Phoenix placed third among cities of 500,000 people or more in the 2016 Digital Cities Survey organized by e.Republic's Center for Digital Government.</p><p>The award marks the third consecutive year Phoenix has placed as a Top 10 Digital City in the competition based on efforts to develop technology solutions that help residents.  Phoenix received recognition for a diverse array of digital projects, ranging from expanded coordination and a marketing campaign focusing on improved organizational transparency through the city's open data program to the implementation of e-procurement processes for all purchasing citywide. </p><p>"To compete as a 21st century city with an innovation-based economy, the City of Phoenix must never stop looking for technology-driven ways to ensure better and more efficient services for our residents and businesses," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "Being named a Top 10 Digital City for three consecutive years is a strong testament to that commitment."  </p><p>"Phoenix remains a digital leader because of innovative development that allows us to deliver the technological tools that enhance the connectivity of the city with the people we serve," said Deputy City Manager, Mario Paniagua.</p><p>Just this week, Phoenix announced Matthew Arvay as the city's new Chief Information Officer. Arvay has been the CIO at Virginia Beach, Virginia which received first place ranking in the 2016 Digital Cities Survey.</p><p>"I am delighted to be joining Phoenix to work collaboratively to modernize and grow the infrastructure," Arvay said.  "It is exciting to see a city so ripe with growth in both the technology and biomedical fields. I look forward to being at the helm to drive this innovative growth and digital transformation."</p><p>The Digital Cities Survey is part of the Center for Digital Government's Digital Communities program. The survey focuses on ten major initiatives across the following categories: citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology and data. Responses are reviewed and judged based on a set of criteria and how well the cities implemented these services.</p><p>More information on the awards can be found by visiting, <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1313579/4062785/18927/3/">www.govtech.com/dc/digital-cities/?year=2016</a>.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p></div>11/10/2016 11:30:00 PMTamra IngersollInformation Technology 602-262-4481