Competing against other American cities of similar size (125,000 – 249,000) in 2017 Digital Cities Survey, City of Tacoma earned inclusion in the best 10 cities nationwide. This is the fourth such recognition out of the last five years.

Recent technology-related projects by Tacoma municipal departments include the evolution of an open data portal to place greater emphasis on performance management; upgrades of online payment solutions; the deployment of public Wi-Fi and better computer access for community members in need; and introduction of research and intelligence tools for the business community.

“This year’s leading digital cities are leveraging technology to connect disadvantaged citizens with critical information and services, promote citizen inclusion in important government processes and share government data with the public,” says Teri Takai, executive director of Center for Digital Government. “Citizens can now meaningfully interact with city government more easily than in any other time in history.”

The top-10 ranked cities will be honored at an awards ceremony during the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.