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I am proud to report that for the second year in a row, Long Beach has been named a Top 10 Digital City by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology. Long Beach was recognized for many successful innovations implemented over the past few years to reduce costs and improve efficiency, as well as increasing community involvement.
We are transforming our city into a technology leader thanks to the leadership and support of Mayor Foster, the investments the City Council has made in technology, and an incredible technology team led by our Director of Technology Services Curtis Tani. These investments are making our city more competitive and positioning us to lead in this new economy.
Some of our accomplishments include:
- Launching the Go Long Beach smartphone app, which has made reporting neighborhood issues easier and faster.
- Moving more permits and city services online.
- Creating the LBCOP technology to combine law enforcement data with real time video monitoring to support public safety, and enhanced the Police Department's mobile data system to get information to our police faster and save over $1,000,000 in new mobile computers upgrades.
- Reduced the Library's annual telecom expenses by $75,000 with a new E-rate application.
- We have been improving city communication through an active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
- We are in the process of redesigning our city website to create an active 24 hr online city hall.
We should all be proud of everything our city is doing to lead the way on technology, efficiency, and government transparency. We will continue to advocate for technology investments, and ensure that Long Beach remains a national leader.
You can read Press-Telegram coverage of the award here.
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