City of Torrance Receives 4th Consecutive Top Ten Digital Cities Award
For the fourth consecutive year the City of Torrance has been named one the most technologically advanced cities in America by the Center for Digital Government (CDG). The annual study examines how city governments are utilizing digital technologies to better serve their citizens and streamline operations.
The City of Torrance ranked sixth place in its population category (125,000 -249,999). In 2003 Torrance was ranked in a three-way tie for sixth place. This is a very good improvement considering this year's survey was much more comprehensive than in the past and 50% of the cities that were in the top ten last year did not make it in this year. The award recognizes the dedication of the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, CIT, and other City departments in utilizing technology to improve services to the community.
The CDC and the National League of Cities developed the survey and invited over 600 cities to participate. The survey was ranked on a four-point scale based on 24 questions focusing on implementation and adoption of online service delivery, planning and governance, and the infrastructure and architecture that make the transformation to digital government possible. Open-ended questions were also asked that allowed cities to discuss their initiatives on collaboration, enterprise activities, spatial data, policy priorities, and structural data. Responses were verified and validated through website addresses and background data.
City of Torrance received its fifth MISAC Award for Excellence in Information Technology Practices
The City of Torrance received its fifth Award for Excellence in Information Technology Practices from the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC). The award honors cities for Information Technology Practices that demonstrated innovation and efficiencies in local government practices. Cities are evaluated on the use of technology in ten categories (such as budget, Internet, customer satisfaction, and security). Cities that are rated Outstanding in six of the ten categories and Proficient in the other categories receive the Award of Excellence.
An Achievement Award is also bestowed upon those cities that are rated proficient in eight of the ten categories. The only Southern California city to receive this award was Moreno Valley. MISAC is affiliated with the League of California Cities with the goal to promote professional administration of municipal information processing.