Virginia Beach Still Among the Nation’s Top “Digital Cities”

City Secures Third-Place Win in Annual Digital Government Survey

Friday, November 15, 2019

​The Center for Digital Government (CDG) published the results of its 2019 Digital Cities Survey, which ranks cities leveraging technology to tackle challenges in their communities. Virginia Beach held onto its seat among the nation's top "Digital Cities," landing a third-place win in the 250,000-500,000 population category.

"Congratulations to this year's Digital Cities winners, who are working to make their communities more secure, user-friendly, efficient and resilient," said Teri Takai, executive director for CDG. "Their efforts are making technology a driver of better, smarter, more responsive government."

"The top Digital Cities this year are taking the IT department far beyond the role of service provider," said Phil Bertolini, co-director of CDG. "They're exploring creative ways to leverage their technology investments and redefining the role of the public-sector technology leader at the city level."

The annual survey is in its 19th year and recognizes cities across five population categories based on how they use technology to address local issues. Virginia Beach was spotlighted for expanding its cybersecurity initiatives. City Council's citizen-centric approach to flooding and sea-level rise as well as its efforts to attract and retain diverse talent and industries were also underscored.

"Our mayor has called for Virginia Beach to become a "City of Yes." Part of this goal involves being open to new ways of doing business while tracking our progress across multiple focus areas," said the City's Chief Information Officer, Peter Wallace. "Be it diversity, digital inclusion, smart region initiatives or economic opportunity, we want to make sure the City remains competitive. Our strategic investments in technology help accelerate this vision."

An awards ceremony for the top 10 cities will be held in conjunction with the National League of Cities annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 21.

The official announcement can be viewed here.

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