AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - For the fourth year in a row, the City of Augusta's Information Technology Department ranked among the top digital city governments as announced by e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program. Ten finalists were chosen in four separate population categories.
The Information Technology Department ranked #2 in the mid-sized category for cities with a population between 125,000 to 249,999. Augusta is the only State of Georgia municipality to be recognized in this competition.
Many factors play into the judging process, including progress on information and communication technology practices made over the past year, return on investment, and a city's demonstrated ability to innovate and leverage creative practices.
"Cities that are investing in technology are seeing huge cost savings that are critical to operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services," said Todd Sander, Executive Director for the Center for Digital Government "These cities are true innovators and we applaud them as they work in the spirit of collaboration to provide extraordinary value to constituents, despite budget setbacks."
Augusta received recognition because of its open government initiatives that promoted transparency and open data, mobility, finance management, staffing, connectivity, disaster recovery and the use of virtualization techniques.