The Center for Digital Government has awarded City Hall top honors in the 2009 Digital Cities Survey. City Hall placed first in 2007 and third in 2004 and 2008.

The award is based on a comprehensive analysis of how cities are using technology to create a seamless environment between local government and constituents.

Santa Monica has been recognized as a leader in the effective use of technology since City Hall first offered services online in 1989, city officials said. This award recognizes City Hall’s application of technology to good governance, planning, operations, and the electronic delivery of services.

Hundreds of digitally advanced cities are considered every year and are classified into four size-based categories. Out of the mid-level cities — populations of 75,000 to 124,999 — the city of Santa Monica placed first.

“I think the award recognizes Santa Monica’s investment in the right technologies and our commitment to being a leader in using technology to better connect our community,” Chief Information Officer Jory Wolf said.

Technologies identified as especially significant include real-time parking information on the Web, the traffic signal synchronization system, online payment services, video streaming of public meetings, the complaint tracking system, free Wi-Fi services, the fiber optic rings around the city, and an emphasis on using the latest in “green” technologies.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

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