Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Solutions-Oriented Cities Continue Winning Ways

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Solutions-Oriented Cities Continue Winning Ways

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Palo Alto, Calif., and Boston finished first in theft respective categories while New York City received special recognition to help cities continue theft winning ways in the SOLUTIONS Awards competition sponsored by Public Technology Inc. (PTI).

Santa Monica, Calif., Rockville, Md., Lynchburg, Va., and Seattle, Wash., received honorable mention awards from among more than 200 entries.

Entries were placed in a category based on population: small being up to 99,999 residents, midsize being 100,000 to 699,999 residents and large being 700,000 and more residents.

"It takes some creativity to think outside the box, something that we always encourage to local governments," said PTI President Costis Toregas, "and that is clearly in evidence with the entries submitted this year."

PTI is a non-profit technology research, development and commercialization organization of NLC, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Officials from the three organizations, including Marc Shapiro, NLC's manager of Internet services, were among the judges.

Palo Alto is the winner in the small category. The Silicon Valley city's Information Technology Service Provider Initiative entry notes that Palo Alto has devised an initiative that allows increased levels of support without increases in full time staffing, provides immediate access to skilled IT professionals with local government experience, leverages the collective influence and buying power to acquire best-of-breed technology solutions that otherwise might not be available to smaller jurisdictions, maximizes economies of scale for technology investments due to cost allocation across multiple jurisdictions, and promotes regional standards and information sharing. …

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