The city of Bellevue is getting recognized by the Center for Digital Government for its work as a digital city. Bellevue is receiving fourth-place honors in the 125,000 – 249,999 population category.
Now in its 17th year, the Digital Survey focuses on the work of cities in the areas of open (transparency/open data/data governance), mobile (mobility/mobile applications), engaged (social media/portal/citizen engagement), collaborative (shared services/collaboration initiatives), secure (cybersecurity measures/initiatives), staffed/supported (hiring and retaining competent Information Technology personnel), connected (broadband/wireless infrastructure), efficient (budget/cost control/performance measures), resilient (disaster recovery/continuity of operations), and use of innovation and best practices in information technology and communications disciplines.
Highlights of Bellevue’s work in these areas include:
• Developing a smart city plan that will help shape government services and investments for the next six years.
• A fully adaptive traffic management system that adjusts automatically to traffic demand.
• Increasing data available on the city’s Open Data portal.
• Building a robust social media program that includes Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Nextdoor.
• Launching an updated, responsive website that meets AA-level accessibility standards.
• Creating a Wi-Fi implementation plan with priority given to parks and housing properties to better serve all residents.
• Continuing partnerships that expand the regional fiber network to reach more schools, medical clinics and government facilities through the Community Connectivity Consortium for 26 public institutions. The consortium recently launched a fiber ring in the region as well as several subloops to the fiber network, improving the resiliency for many local jurisdictions including Bellevue.
The top-10 ranked cities in each of the five population classifications will be honored at an awards ceremony during the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on Nov. 16.
For more information, visit the Center for Digital Government.