Louisville’s city government is one of the best in the nation in using technology to better serve its citizens according to a new survey. Metro Government placed second nationally in the Digital Cities Survey, conducted by the Republic’s Center for Digital Government. The survey looks at how well city governments use information technology in improving and delivering basic services, managing budgets, providing public safety and other areas.
The 15th annual survey looked more closely than previous years at the bottom line results and achievements technology has been able to create in local governments. Louisville Metro Government scored high marks for public safety – especially for the recently completed Metrosafe communications system which links all police, fire, EMS and other emergency responders. MetroSafe allows 59 government agencies, with more than 5,000 radios, to share voice and data information in Louisville and surrounding counties.
The survey analyzed how well cities are working to increase energy efficiency in daily operations. Louisville Metro Government, which was named the 2010 EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year, highlighted the Go Green Louisville! initiative which includes goals of reducing energy and fuel consumption in city government. The initiative has generated a number of programs that use technology to improve efficiency, including the Kilowatt Crackdown which encourages local businesses, organizations and schools to track and reduce energy use in their buildings.
2010 Digital Cities Survey (Cities with population of 250,000 or more):
3rd Aurora, Colorado.
5th Corpus Christi, Texas
6th New York City
7th Plano, Texas
7th Riverside, California.
8th San Antonio
10th Fort Worth, Texas
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