Bellevue tops the ranking of digital cities

For the third time in five years, Bellevue took first place in the Digital Cities Survey, announced Thursday by the Center for Digital Government. The annual survey recognizes cities that use technology to improve services.

Bellevue, which led in 2018 and 2020, again won first place this year among cities with populations of 125,000 to 249,999, for innovations that improve digital access for residents. The city took a third in other years.

“To be recognized as the best in multi-year technology innovation is a remarkable achievement for the City of Bellevue,” said City Manager Brad Miyake. “I am extremely proud of our municipal staff who are constantly innovating and leveraging technology to provide high quality services to our diverse community. »

Key breakthroughs in 2022 included:

  • benefit video traffic cameras around Bellevue to track near-misses between people driving, walking and biking, helping the city determine where safety improvements would be most helpful
  • add free public Wi-Fi to affordable housing and improve Wi-Fi access in parks and other city facilities
  • support for smart water meter data integration for Bellevue Utilities
  • launch four new interactive dashboards to add transparency and facilitate data-driven decision-making

“Bellevue is incredibly honored to place first this year,” said Sabra Schneider, Chief Information Officer. “The Information Technology Department partners with the public and other city departments to advance technology that is accessible, innovative, and helps provide seamless services to the community we serve.”

All US cities are invited to participate in the annual Digital Cities Survey. The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. More information on the winning cities is available on the Government Technology website.

Councilwoman Janice Zahn will accept the award from Bellevue at a reception Nov. 17 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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