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Avondale Ranked No. 1 in 2014 Digital Cities Survey

For the second consecutive year, the City of Avondale came out on top in the 2014 Digital Cities Awards. Run by the Center for Digital Government and publisher e.Republic, the awards are a competitive honor with hundreds of municipalities contending each year. The program recognizes cities that use technology to engage their citizens, provide exceptional municipal services, innovate, and collaborate.


Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise will accept the award on behalf of the city at a special ceremony during the National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Austin, Texas, on November 20th.


According to the Center for Digital Government, the top-ranked cities in their population categories – Los Angeles, CA; Winston-Salem, NC; Avondale, AZ; and Dublin, OH – provide financial transparency, performance measurement data, and opportunities for citizen feedback on city initiatives. They also have superior technology infrastructures, set data and application architectures, made strides in cybersecurity, and demonstrated collaboration efforts that provided cost savings and enhanced services.


Avondale received first place honors in the 75,000 – 124,999 population category. Avondale has placed in the top-ten of the Digital Cities Awards for four straight years with first place honors in both 2013 and 2014, earning recognition as a community that applies technology well in everything from operations to community relations to public safety.


“Avondale is demonstrating continued success in supporting our residents and businesses through technology,” said Rob Lloyd, the city’s Chief Information Officer. “We have an exceptional City organization that takes pride in working together to render superior services and achieve the City’s vision. It’s humbling to receive such a prestigious honor and to share a stage with impressive cities from across the nation that share in the public service mission.”


Avondale’s key efforts in 2014 were a community-driven and social media-supported branding effort with local citizens and businesses; innovative progress on cybersecurity and Green IT; the City’s action-oriented strategic planning process; and joint work with other communities in the areas like cybersecurity.


Said City Manager Dave Fitzhugh: “Our advances in technology are a core component of our larger efforts to sustain Avondale as a strong, growing community. Avondale’s forward-thinking residents, city leadership, and staff make this level of consistent achievement possible.”