The City of Albuquerque has been recognized as the fourth-ranked city among those with populations of 500,000 or more by the Center for Digital Government (CDG). The CDG’s Digital Cities Survey acknowledges cities’ use of technology to enhance various aspects such as cybersecurity, transparency, digital privacy rights, and digital equity. Additionally, it praises cities for finding innovative solutions to address social challenges.
Mark Leech, Director of the Department of Technology and Innovation, expressed his excitement about the consecutive recognition by CDG and the opportunity to use technology to improve the city. The department played a key role in supporting the expansion of the Real Time Crime Center, providing the Albuquerque Police Department with state-of-the-art technology to combat crime effectively.
Mayor Tim Keller emphasized the importance of technology in enhancing safety and quality of life for residents. He highlighted the city’s commitment to using forward-thinking strategies to improve government services.
Apart from being recognized for its use of technology, Albuquerque was commended for its efforts to expand internet infrastructure, digital communication strategies, and progress in smart infrastructure initiatives. The establishment of the City’s first Broadband Office has been instrumental in increasing access to reliable and affordable internet for homes and businesses.
The Department of Technology and Innovation has also been actively pursuing smart technology initiatives through its Albuquerque Smart Communities strategies and collaborations with other organizations.
The CDG is a national research and advisory institute that focuses on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Its recognition of Albuquerque reflects the city’s dedication to utilizing technology to improve residents’ lives and enhance governance overall.