Tacoma one of nation's top 'Digital Cities'

America’s #1 Wired City is now also one of America’s 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 nation’s most “Digital Cities” in the group’s annual 2002 Digital Cities Survey.

Tacoma ranked 10th of the 37 cities considered in the study’s 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 city’s 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 city’s 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.