The Town’s efforts to improve citizen engagement through the use of new technology were recognized this month when Marana was named one of the best governments for its size by the e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program.
Marana tied for sixth with Evanston, Ill., among communities with fewer than 75,000 residents. Marana finished first in the category in 2012; the City of Dublin, Ohio came out on top this year.
Among the Town’s technology services accomplishments was the development of mobile web sites for signature events, videos for its Community Connections program, cloud-based solutions and a project implementation process.
Judging criteria was based on results achieved by cities via the use of technology in operating efficiency and realizing strategic objectives despite fiscal constraints.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, events and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.