City of the Year - 2013 GovFresh Awards

Submit your nominations and vote for the city that best fostered civic collaboration, innovation and inspiration in 2013. This will consider the collective efforts of city government and local civic organizations, developers and entrepreneurs. If your city has already been nominated, add additional info/links for judges to consider. Judges will use this information as the basis for their votes. Deadlines and judging details: awards.govfresh.com

Note: We have added a new ‘Small City of the Year’ category for cities with populations under 100,000

  1. City of Piqua (Ohio)

    The City of Piqua (Ohio) is a community of just over 20,000 that has placed a premium on public engagement. Earlier this year, the City of Piqua received the Ohio City/County Management Association award for Citizen Participation through it's work with the CitizenNet Program. The flagship element of that program has been the Piqua Government Academy, which has had over 70 residents go through an experience rich program outlining city services.

    540 votes
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  2. Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Open Source by Default city, the capital of Argentina has become an example on inhouse development, Open Data Catalog and changing the culture in the organization

    283 votes
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  3. Oakland, California

    Oakland is on an amazing path- 2013 saw Oaktown as a Code for America city and the resulting RecordTrac app is an incredible new tool that puts Oakland ahead of the country with respect to accessible FOIA processes. A new Open Data policy was passed through a crowd sourcing effort, the first of its kind. The city and a local nonprofit have aggressively been publishing more data and then there's OpenOakland- a civic innovation org that works with community groups and city staff to create new tools, processes and engagement methods. We have a new public transparency and engagement law…

    183 votes
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  4. Salt Lake City UT

    The government of Salt Lake City's outreach to its community is unmatched in the US.

    Check-out the City's website for tangible examples !

    128 votes
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  5. New York City

    In 2013, the City of New York completed all initiatives of its 40-point Digital Roadmap, unveiled less than 3 years earlier. Milestones included the complete overhaul of nyc.gov for the first time in a decade, to a fully responsive, user-centric platform for customer service and civic engagement, In addition, the City unveiled We Are Made in NY, an economic development initiative that highlighted NYC's thriving tech sector through a multimedia campaign and interactive resources such as a map of over 1,400 companies currently hiring in the sector. Dozens more initiatives were realized, including 20 parks with free public wifi, the…

    74 votes
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  6. Kansas City, Missouri

    2013 was another banner, evolutionary year for Kansas City, as it continues to gain momentum as one of America’s best places to live, work and grow. From a business perspective, the Kansas City Chamber has committed to making Kansas City “America’s most entrepreneurial city”; and having the mayor and the city support us as a Code for America city echoes the effort. We ranked high in the Forbes 2013 list for Best Places for Business and Careers. And adding to the national and international spotlight on our city is our sports organizations that continue to rally the community. The city…

    68 votes
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  7. Bloomington, IN, USA

    The City of Bloomington is a progressive community and a leader in the use and production of open source software to streamline city operations, reduce costs, and provide high quality constituent services. The City of Bloomington is small but casts a broad shadow in the technology sphere.

    Bloomington has been an active participant and leader in the government open source community. It is a significant user and producer of open source software, as well as an advocate for increasing the use of open source systems in government. Bloomington has also been an active in the Open311 community and has developed…

    58 votes
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  8. The City of Boston

    Through innovative and participatory technology, the City of Boston enhanced quality of life and increased opportunity for its residents and visitors in 2013. Department of Innovation & Technology initiatives included the implementation of a citywide fiber optic network, targeted to bring WiFi to all Boston Public Schools and add broadband to every public building; and received multiple awards for constituent engagement apps including Citizens Connect, which use mobile crowdsourcing to improve our city and which expanded to more than 40 more communities in the state. The Tech Goes Home team trained 10K families to get online, and DoIT's multichannel #SocialBOS…

    18 votes
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  9. Chicago

    Chicago’s commitment to being an open, innovative and collaborative city reached unprecedented new heights in 2013. This year, the City launched the Chicago Data Dictionary, a first-of-its-kind, open-source public archive of all the city’s databases. Chicago’s data portal also expanded to nearly 1000 dataset variations, and included milestones such as energy data by census block and urban farm and food desert data.

    These efforts have also helped fuel the growth of Chicago’s civic innovation sector, which saw a new startup every 24 hours. Chicago civic hackers have developed scores of new apps this year, including ones for Divvy, the city’s…

    17 votes
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  10. City of Philadelphia

    Our City is at the cutting edge of civic engagement, entreprenuership, and tech

    9 votes
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  11. Richmond, CA

    Richmond California has taken many stances on the issues affecting its residents, soda tax, eminent domain of bank owned blighted homes.

    It has worked tirelessly with government and non-profit agencies to preserve it history and to provide opportunities for it's residents.

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  12. Kanssa City, Missouri

    2013 was another banner, evolutionary year for Kansas City, as it continues to gain momentum as one of America’s best places to live, work and grow. From a business perspective, the Kansas City Chamber has committed to making Kansas City “America’s most entrepreneurial city”; and having the mayor and the city support us as a Code for America city echoes the effort. We ranked high in the Forbes 2013 list for Best Places for Business and Careers. And adding to the national and international spotlight on our city is our sports organizations that continue to rally the community. The city…

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