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January 29, 2015

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Ranking puts Henderson among nation’s top digital cities

When it comes to local governments on the cutting edge of technology, Henderson is among the nation’s leaders, according to a national institute that studies information technology in state and local government.

The 2012 Digital Cities Survey places Henderson at No. 7 in its top 10 most technologically advanced cities with a population of 250,000 or greater.

The Digital Cities Survey is conducted annually by the Center for Digital Government. For the past twelve years, the Digital Cities Survey has been highlighting local government best practices within their Information Technology departments.

Of hundreds of cities that participated in the survey process, the top 10 cities in four population groups have demonstrated progress from the previous year, realized a return on investment and steered toward innovation and creative practices, according to the Center for Digital Government.

The metro government of Louisville, Ky., was ranked No. 1 in the large cities category, followed by Riverside, Calif., Boston and Seattle. At No. 6 was Corpus Christi, Texas, then Henderson. Rounding out the top 10 were Sacramento, Calif., Fort Worth, Texas, and Long Beach, Calif. (tied at No. 9) and Jacksonville, Fla., and Fresno, Calif. (tied for No. 10).

“Henderson’s ranking as one of the top ten digital cities in America recognizes our commitment to be efficient and use technology to improve services to our residents while at the same time cutting operating costs,” Mayor Andy Hafen said in a statement.

Some achievements highlighted in Henderson’s survey, according to the city:

• The city replaced 400 computers with energy-efficient technology, saving approximately 80,399 kilowatt hours and $12,668 per year.

• The city developed custom software for a multijurisdictional business license for the cities of Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, plus Clark County.

• It provided public access to live streaming video of Henderson City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

• The city deployed an automated license plate recognition system for the Henderson Police Department.

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  1. Surveys like this are worthless. How well did the new systems work? How much did they cost? Was there a significant ROI or was this just typical government money down the drain again? Important factors like these aren't surveyed.