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CABQ Named 2nd Most Digital City in the U.S.

City jumps four spots from last year's ranking.

November 9, 2017

Albuquerque, NM - The Center for Digital Government (CDG) today announced that Albuquerque placed 2nd in the nation for its 2017 Digital Cities Survey Winners for cities of 500,000 or more in population. Albuquerque's 2nd place ranking, significantly surpasses its 6th place ranking in the 2016 survey and places Albuquerque on the nation's digital map radar for the 5th year in a row.

The City of Albuquerque has digitally transformed city service delivery and has embarked on significant civic technology projects to prepare the City's infrastructure to support a Smart City. The City of Albuquerque offers numerous online and mobile services to residents, business, and visitors through its websites and mobile applications, including a new application through the Planning Department that allows for online permitting, licensing, and business registrations. Additionally, Albuquerque is proud to partner with the University of New Mexico and other community partners through InnovateABQ, a technology transfer and entrepreneurial environment that is intended to commercialize research and ideas from UNM, Sandia National Laboratories, and our community.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry said his administration is dedicated to using technology to improve the hundreds of services the City of Albuquerque offers to its resident, businesses, and visitors. "This ranking is 8 years in the making, as a result of the efforts of the City's world class team and good government," commented Mayor Berry. "In order for Albuquerque to thrive we must meet our citizens to where they interact and spend their time, which is online. This ranking is a big honor, but we are not settling. We will continue to build out and improve our robust online and mobile application portfolio to better serve our community."

Albuquerque Chief Information Officer Peter Ambs said work continues to digitally connect our citizens to city services. This ranking by CDG truly validates the planning, work, and connectedness that we are achieving by making City services relevant and responsive. To know that we are 2nd only to Los Angeles in how we are digitally performing as a City is testament to a community that is on the rise," Ambs said. "Additionally, we are preparing Albuquerque with Smart City initiatives such as smart street lighting, smart parking, and developing the infrastructure to prepare Albuquerque for the information aware infrastructure needed to become a better and more livable city."

About the Digital Cities Survey

Now in its 16th anniversary year, the annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement.

"This year's top digital cities are leveraging technology to connect disadvantaged citizens with critical information and services, promote citizen inclusion in important government processes and share government data with the public," said Teri Takai, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "Thanks to the efforts of these innovative cities, citizens can now meaningfully interact with city government more easily than in any other time in history. Congratulations to the winners!"

2017 Digital Cities Survey Winners

500,000 or more population category:

  • 1st City of Los Angeles, CA
  • 2nd City of Albuquerque, NM
  • 3rd City of San Diego, CA
  • 4rd City of Charlotte, NC
  • 4th City of Philadelphia, PA
  • 5th City of Louisville, KY
  • 6th City and County of Denver, CO
  • 6th City of Seattle, WA
  • 7th City of Boston, MA
  • 7th City of Phoenix, AZ
  • 8th City of Austin, TX
  • 8th City of San Jose, CA
  • 9th City of Tucson, AZ
  • 10th City of El Paso, TX