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For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Susanna Martinez, Communicatons Director
(813) 274-7321
City of Tampa Receives National Award for Website
Tampa, FL December 8, 2003 - The City of Tampa has been recognized as one of the ten most digitally savvy, cutting-edge cities in the nation, according to the 2003 Digital Cities Survey. The Digital Cities Survey is an annual study conducted by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology (IT) in government and education.

More than 300 cities across the nation were invited to participate in the survey which grouped cities into three categories based on population: 250,000 or more, 125,000-249,999, and 75,000-124,999. Tampa retained its first-place ranking from the 2002 survey in the population category of 250,000 or more.

Launched in June, the Digital Cities Survey examined and assessed how city governments are progressing in utilizing information technology to streamline operations and deliver quality service to their citizens. Officials responded to a set of 16 questions and ranked their jurisdictions according to a four-point scale, providing Web site addresses and background data for final verification and validation.

"Participation in the Digital Cities Survey allows us to benchmark where we are in comparison to other cities," said Mayor Pam Iorio. "It is great to see we are on the right track and that we have received national recognition for our efforts."

Tampa and the nine other cities recognized will be honored by the Center for Digital Government and the National League of Cities (NLC) at the NLC conference in Nashville, Tennessee on December 11, 2003.

For additional information please contact Rick Smith at 813-274-8485.

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