Monday, September 14, 2015

City Recognized with Governor's Technology Award

The City of Richmond was presented with a 2015 Governor’s Technology Award during the annual Commonwealth of Virginia IT Symposium held in Richmond. The City's Open Data Portal won the award in the category of Innovative Use of Open Data.

“This is truly an honor as we are continuing to strive for transparency in government operations,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “The portal signifies the City’s commitment to providing timely, consistent and relevant data for public consumption. By receiving this award, it helps reinforce that we are moving in the right direction in using technology and innovative strategies to increase efficiency.”

The City’s Open Data Portal was launched on July 1 as an online publication of government datasets in a computer consumable format. Initial datasets include a Check Registry; GIS maps of fire districts, parks, trails, enterprise zones, public schools by elementary, middle and high schools, building parcels, and more; public safety Information; and public works data for trash collection zones, recycling, and street cleaning.

“I want to recognize and thank our Department of Information Technology staff for their hard work,” continued Mayor Jones. “We are often working with such limited resources, but they are still working very hard to get the job done and to help the City improve its performance.”

For a full detail of all the award winners, visit www.covits.virginia.gov/winners.html.