Henderson, Nev. – For the fifth time in the last seven years, the City of Henderson has been named to one of the top spots in an annual ranking of tech-savvy local governments that employ technology to improve citizen services, strengthen security, enhance transparency, and encourage community engagement.
The Center for Digital Government (CDG) ranked Henderson sixth among cities in the 250,000-499,999 population category as part of its 18th annual Digital Cities Survey.
“The City of Henderson is honored to again be recognized for our efforts to provide Henderson residents with a user-friendly experience when they access our services,” said Chief Information Officer Laura Fucci. “This top 10 designation highlights our effective use of digital tools to engage our residents, and increase transparency and open government in ways that make the City of Henderson even more responsive to the needs of our community. We use smart city technology to enhance traffic management and to enable elements of our long-range Henderson Strong comprehensive plan.”
The CDG acknowledged Henderson’s efforts in making strides in smart cities, connectivity and more. Teaming up with the private sector, the city is determined to get fiber to areas determined to have internet accessibility issues, and has expanded Wi-Fi accessibility throughout the city in part to help create safe, connected places for students to go after school and get homework done.
In the last year, Henderson brought together the Smart City Working Group that includes representatives from almost all city agencies, and has worked with the state, the local school district and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on developing a regional smart city strategy. Plans are also in place to incorporate the use of big data from the city’s traffic sensors, and getting that information into the hands of data scientists will further bolster smart city plans.
To strengthen cyber defenses, Henderson is working on communication around cyber-breach incident response with the state, and plans to update its Cyber Security Incident Response Plan to reflect the potential for breaches in the cloud as more applications are moved off-premises.
CDG’s 2018 Digital Cities Survey honors cities in five population classifications. The top 10 ranked cities in each of the five population-based categories will be honored at a special awards dinner on Nov. 8 during the National League of Cities annual conference being held this year in Los Angeles, CA.