Lynchburg is proud to have been named one of the top tech cities in the 2016 Digital Cities Survey by the Center for Digital Government. This annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency, and encourage citizen engagement.
The survey honors cities in five population classifications this year:
- 500,000 or more
- 250,000 – 499,999
- 125,000 – 249,999
- 75,000 – 124,999
- Up to 75,000
Lynchburg was awarded second place in the 75,000 – 124,999 population category. Roanoke, VA won first place, and Boulder, CO won third.
The survey takes ten areas of increased focus into consideration. The areas are:
- Cyber Security
- Open Government/ Transparency/ Open Data
- Citizen Engagement
- Mobility / Mobile Devices/ Applications AND Hire and Retain Competent IT Personnel
- Disaster Recovery/ Continuity of Operations AND Portal/ E-government
- Budget/ Cost Control AND Networking: Broadband and Connectivity
- Cloud Computing AND Business Intelligence/ Analytics
- Business Process Automation
- Shared or Collaborative Services
The Office of Economic Development and the Economic Development Authority support innovative development projects in Lynchburg, including the growth of digital assets in the city. We are proud to have been chosen for this award, and hope to continue to make improvements to Lynchburg for its residents. To learn more about the survey, read the Government Technology article.