The City of Henderson was named today to one of the top spots in an annual ranking of tech-savvy local governments that employ technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage community engagement (Photo courtess of www.CityofHenderson.com).
The Center for Digital Government placed Henderson ninth among cities in the 250,000-499,999 population category as part of its 15th annual Digital Cities Survey.
“We continue to be at the forefront of using technology as part of our on-going commitment to transparency, open government and citizen engagement,” Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen said. “I am pleased that Henderson was recognized for our use of technology to make city government even more responsive to our residents.”
The top 10 ranked cities in each of five population-based categories will be honored at a special awards ceremony on Nov. 17 during the National League of Cities annual conference being held this year in Pittsburgh.
Henderson had previously been recognized in the 2012 and 2013 rankings, but it was the city’s five-year-strategic plan and implementation of its strategic IT plan that brought the city back into the Top 10 this year.
The Center for Digital Government noted that strengthening existing cybersecurity and installing radio-frequency identifications (RFID) tags to track technology hardware has “positioned Henderson to take advantage of the available technology for government use.”
The launch of the city’s new Open Budget app that provides budget details online and encourages public review thorough easy-to-use tools, charts and information was also noted as another significant 2016 accomplishment.
“This award showcases our efforts to provide Henderson residents with an open and transparent government by using the very latest technology to provide a very user-friendly experience,” said Laura Fucci, Henderson Department of Information Technology director and the city’s Chief Information Officer. “This Top 10 designation shows our strategic IT plan and the implementation have put our community on the correct path to using technology to better our city.”
It was also noted that the city’s new comprehensive plan Henderson Strong uses “a robust digital engagement component and a digital alert system” to seek citizen participation and engage the community in setting long-term goals and objectives.
For more information about Henderson’s Department of Information Technology, please visit cityofhenderson.com