Village Recognized as a 2017 Digital City
The Village of Pinehurst is proud to announce that it has been recognized as a 2017 Digital City by the Center for Digital Government. Now in its 17th year, the annual Digital Cities Survey recognizes cities across the United States for using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency, and encourage citizen engagement.
“This year’s leading digital cities are leveraging technology to connect disadvantaged citizens with critical information and services, promote citizen inclusion in important government processes and share government data with the public,” said Teri Takai, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “Thanks to the efforts of these innovative cities, citizens can now meaningfully interact with city government more easily than in any other time in history. Congratulations to the winners!”
The survey honors cities in five population classifications: 500,000 or more, 250,000 to 499,999; 125,000 to 249,999; 75,000 to 124,999 and fewer than 75,000. The Village of Pinehurst won second place in the “fewer than 75,000” category. The Village was recognized in particular for its Financial Transparency Center, online civic engagement forum Open Village Hall, mobile app “MY VOP”, mobile-friendly website, and efforts over the last year toward increasing citizen engagement through the creation of a Communications Specialist position and an increased focus on social media interaction. For an overview of the 2017 Digital Cities Survey and its winners, visit www.govtech.com/dc/Digital-Cities-Survey-2017.html.
Jason Whitaker, Chief Information Officer for the Village of Pinehurst, said “We are very excited to have achieved this award. It’s the result of great effort across the entire organization to strategically plan and utilize technology to support the Village’s mission to promote, enhance, and sustain the quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors.” Adds Assistant Village Manager Natalie Hawkins, “Our IT staff has led the way in providing residents with easy access to Village staff and services electronically. This award affirms the dedication of our staff to improve services, enhance transparency, and encourage citizen engagement.”