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TampaGov awarded 1st Place in the 2002 Digital Cities Survey
November 21, 2002 - The City of Tampa eGovernment Portal, TampaGov.net, received further recognition as one of the nation's outstanding local government web sites, by winning the 2002 Digital Cities Survey. This survey has received national recognition in major publications such as the Washington Post's Newsbytes and Yahoo's Finance. 2002 Digital Cities Survey 1st Place awardThe Center for Digital Government selected Tampa as the winner of this year's 2002 Digital Cities Survey. Underwritten by Microsoft, the 2002 survey examines how city governments have progressed in adopting and utilizing digital technologies to improve the delivery of services to their citizens. Mayors, chief information officers and city managers in over 300 of the nation's cities were invited to participate. The survey grouped cities into three categories based upon population: more than 250,000; 125,000-250,000; and 75,000-125,000. This year's first place winners in the 250,000+ category are Tampa, Florida and Honolulu, Hawaii (tie).

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute providing government, education, and industry leaders with decision support, research and educational services to help them incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Tampa received the 2002 Digital Cities Survey 1st Place award and was honored at a reception in Salt Lake City, Utah during the National League of Cities Conference on December 4th. In further recognition of Tampa's accomplishment, the Center will name Tampa's Portal as one of the most successful projects in cities throughout the nation to be used as a guide to be applied by other local governments as a model in consideration for their own strategic planning process and project management approaches.

"This year we had a record turnout of cities participating in the survey," said Cathilea Robinett, executive director for the Center for Digital Government, " and we had many new cities appearing in the top 10 rankings. I think it shows that local governments are making digital government a top priority more than ever before."

2002 Best of the Web 1st Place award"This has been an incredible year for Tampa," stated Melinda Dinin of eRepublic magazine.  (TampaGov was awarded 1st Place in the 2002 Best of the Web competition in September 2002.)

From a concept in January 2000, with Mayor Dick Greco's support to launch Tampa into the new world of eGovernment, to September's 2002 designation as the best in the country, and now December 2002's recognition as the winner of the Digital Cities Survey, the City of Tampa has distinguished itself as a leader in integrating the use of web technology in the delivery of municipal services. When advised of this new award, Mayor Greco stated " We are honored to receive this further recognition in the form of this prestigious award from the Center for Digital Government and the Microsoft Corporation. In 2000, TampaGov was just a dream. Our goal was to improve service to our citizens. Today, we offer our children, seniors, visitors, neighborhoods, and businesses richly diverse portal tailored to serve each of their needs. We look forward to the site's continued expansion and the increased benefits TampaGov provides."

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