Governing, an influential magazine for local elected officials, has named San Diego the nation’s most data-driven city.
The magazine’s annual “Equipt to Innovate” report ranked San Diego first nationally in using data to improve performance and create a culture of efficiency. It also recognized San Diego as one of the top five cities nationwide for being resident-involved, employee-engaged and smartly resourced.
“This recognition reflects our efforts to ensure government is as innovative as the people we serve,” said Mayor Ken Faulconer. “San Diego is using data to fix our roads, make neighborhoods safer and cleaner, and create more opportunities for residents. These are services San Diegans depend on and we’re using data to get results.”
Fayetteville, NC, was ranked the most innovative city overall, but San Diego was the largest city to get a top ranking in a category.
“In San Diego, sophisticated technology tools support data-driven decision-making and governance activities, and city data is easy
for employees and residents to consume and use,” said Governing in its report.
In recent years, San Diego has hired its first chief data officer, opened data to public access, and deployed the Get It Done application to allow residents to report neighborhood problems.
San Diego and the other high-performing cities will be recognized at the 2018 Summit on Government Performance & Innovation in Los Angeles next week.
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