Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter and the San Leandro City Council announced that the City’s Information Technology Division has been honored with a national award from the Center for Digital Government through its 2015 Digital Cities Survey. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of cities from across the United States that use technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. San Leandro was selected because of its innovative use of new technologies, including its partnership with the Lit San Leandro fiber optic network.
“This award demonstrates that our efforts to transform San Leandro into a center for innovation in the Bay Area are really paying dividends in terms of the services we provide to our residents and to our local businesses,” noted Mayor Cutter. “Receiving national recognition for these efforts is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our City staff.”
San Leandro was one of 10 cities from across the country in the 75,000-125,000 population size category that were selected for this coveted award. In the award announcement, San Leandro was cited for its ongoing efforts to be competitive with nearby tech hubs like San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and for its harnessing of the Lit San Leandro fiber optic network that is providing local businesses with gigabit-speed internet access. The City was also lauded for its recently-launched free downtown Wi-Fi system, its usage of online platforms such as Nextdoor.com to communicate with local residents, and for implementing cloud-based systems to streamline business operations. Numerous public safety initiatives including body-worn cameras for police officers and the replacement of police in-car computers were also highlighted in the award announcement.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious national award as it puts San Leandro in world-class company. The IT team has worked tirelessly over the past year, partnering with other City departments on a wide range of technology initiatives that will ultimately help us better serve San Leandro residents,” added Tony Batalla, Manager of the City’s Information Technology Division.
The award will be formally issued at a special ceremony during the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee on November 5th.
For more information about this award or the City’s various technology projects, please see the Center for Digital Government’s award announcement, or contact Tony Batalla at (510) 577-3385, or email@example.com.
About San Leandro
One of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro is a safe, vibrant community of 88,000 residents with well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The western border of the city consists of over eight miles of pristine shoreline and amenities on San Francisco Bay while a regional park and nature areas fall on the eastern border. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (www.LitSanLeandro.com), a fiber optic network encircles San Leandro’s industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity.
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