Americas #1 Wired City is now also one of Americas top Digital Cities.
In 2000, Tacoma began telling businesses that Tacoma is No. 1 – with the largest municipally-owned telecom-munications system in the nation. Now, the Center for Digital Government, a leading national research organization that looks at how state and local governments and educational organizations incorporate new technologies, has named Tacoma one of the nations most Digital Cities in the groups annual 2002 Digital Cities Survey.
Tacoma ranked 10th of the 37 cities considered in the studys 125,000 – 250,000 population category. The study awarded cities that have progressed in adopting and using digital technologies to improve service delivery to citizens. Tacoma ranked in the top 10 in part because of the citys on-line permitting and public information, as well as its user-friendly Web design and Website organization.
Tacoma is a forward-thinking city, especially in terms of technology, said David Otto, director of the citys Information Systems Department. We have worked hard to make it easy for people to access city resources online, and this ranking proves our dedication to that goal is paying off.
Other winners in the 125,000 – 250,000 category include: Des Moines, Iowa; Plano, Texas; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Richmond, Va.; Torrance, Calif.; Lincoln, Neb.; Salt Lake City, Utah, Durham, N.C.; Hollywood, Fla.; Hampton, Va.; Irving, Texas; and Winston-Salem, N.C.