MONTGOMERY – The Center for Digital Government (CDG) today announced Montgomery, Alabama, won the 2018 Digital Cities Survey, along with several U.S. cities leveraging technology to solve civic challenges, boost cybersecurity, increase transparency and improve overall quality of life.

“This award is a testament to our entire team and emboldens our commitment to embracing technology to build a brighter future in the Capital of Dreams,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “Whether that means increasing transparency with Open Data Montgomery, using technology to improve Public Works services, making data-driven decisions to find new efficiencies or simplifying the process of starting a business, our team has been tasked with finding ways to make Montgomery a better place to live, work and play.”

Montgomery joined cities like Winston-Salem, NC, Bellevue, WA, and Fort Collins, CO, as a winner in the 2018 Digital Cities Survey’s 125,000-249,000 population classification:

• 1st City of Bellevue, WA

• 2nd City of Cape Coral, FL

• 3rd City of Winston-Salem, NC

• 4th City of Alexandria, VA

• 5th City of Fort Collins, CO

• 5th City of Norfolk, VA

• 6th City of Hampton, VA

• 6th City of Pasadena, CA

• 7th City of Baton Rouge, LA

• 8th City of Montgomery, AL

• 9th City of Rancho Cucamonga, CA

• 10th City of Corona, CA

 An interdepartmental team comprised of City and County employees partnering with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce on Montgomery’s Smart City push submitted an application last month to CDG outlining Montgomery’s success in incorporating technology into its everyday processes. The team touted Montgomery’s use of open data to foster greater accountability and measure daily performance, adoption of energy efficient systems and partnerships with leading civic technology providers, including RoadBotics’ AI-based infrastructure solution and Rubicon Global. They also described strides taken to ready the City of Montgomery for the 5G small cell boom and the launch of the Montgomery Internet Exchange (MGMix). CDG will recognize Montgomery with an awards ceremony November 8 in Los Angeles.

According to the Survey, “Alabama’s capital city of Montgomery is focused on maximizing its citizens’ experience with their government. The city’s open data portal generates transparency for community members, creating trust with residents and businesses. It also works internally to assist with data-driven decision-making, helping to identify efficiencies that can help save on costs. This is part of Montgomery’s smart cities efforts, which are focused on improving quality of life within the city and improving communication with citizens. For example, Montgomery worked with RoadBotics to track street conditions, the findings from which will help prioritize repairs. In another private-sector partnership, the city is making garbage trucks central to its IoT efforts and using real-time service tracking data to monitor issues that residents may be facing throughout the city. To increase city Internet speeds, Montgomery partnered with the county of Montgomery as well as Maxwell Air Force Base to provide up to 100GB speeds for its 25 members, with the goal of attracting businesses to the area by offering faster connections at lower prices.”

The results of the 2018 Digital Cities Survey are available at here. . For more information on the City of Montgomery, please visit www.montgomeryal.gov.