Web site celebrates 14th anniversary
The Center for Digital Government has ranked the City of Lincoln second in its 2009 Digital Cities Survey. Lincoln placed first in 2007 and 2008 among cities with populations from 125,000 to 250,000, and this is the eighth time in nine years that Lincoln has finished in the top ten. The Center, a national research and advisory institute, awarded Norfolk, Virginia the top ranking in the population group.
This unprecedented record of top 10 finishes will be recognized today at the annual Nebraska Digital Summit at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln. Interlinc, the City-County Web site (lincoln.ne.gov and lancaster.ne.gov), marks its 14th anniversary next month. The site averages about 20,000 electronic visitors each day and 15 million page hits per month.
Citizens can use the City-County Web site to reserve golf tee times and sports fields; buy season swimming pool passes, pet licenses and Husker parking; reload parking garage cards; conduct local criminal history checks; and pay water bills and parking tickets. Terry Lowe, Information Services Systems Coordinator, said all of the City's e-pay services offer an option to pay with no convenience fees added. Lancaster County offers the ability to pay property taxes online, however, a credit card fee is required.
This year's winners demonstrate how cities have faced economic challenges with creativity and innovation in the use of information technology," said Cathilea Robinett, Executive Director for the Center for Digital Government. "The survey clearly shows that cities place a high value on positive experiences for their constituents when using government services. These winners are at the leading edge of the future in digital advances for citizens.
More than 300 cities participate in the annual study that assesses how local governments use information technology to streamline operations and deliver services. The study focused on the implementation of online services, planning, governance, infrastructure and architecture. More information on the Center for Digital Government is available at www.centerdigitalgov.com.