CHANDLER, Ariz. – The City of Chandler was recognized as one of the top ten Digital Cities Survey award recipients, by the Center for Digital Government (CDG). The annual survey recognizes cities using technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services, strengthen cybersecurity and more. Chandler ranked fourth in the category for cities with a population of 250,000-499,999. Chandler’s population was estimated at 281,044 as of Nov. 1, 2021.
Chandler has a long-held commitment to innovation and technology, and looks for opportunities for smart, sustainable solutions and innovative ideas that promote efficiency, productivity and connectivity.
Some of the highlights of Chandler’s top ranking include several measures initiated during the pandemic. The award highlights Chandler’s citizen-centric approach, using modern technology to streamline government services. Recreation classes, enrichment classes, science experiments and event crafting and workout sessions moved online. And in 2021 the City expanded its offerings with remote streaming options for live concerts and events, as well as virtual tours of art exhibits and museums. The Information Technology Department was able to utilize CARES Act funding to support a next-generation workforce, replacing desktop computers with laptops and upgrading telepresence rooms and enhancing infrastructure security.
Other award highlights were the City’s focus on infrastructure through its fiber assessment program and the initiation of the first phase of improvements for fiber networking. The city also provided the necessary upgrades to enable citywide Wi-Fi capabilities. In addition, the City was recognized for its innovative virtual threat simulator and “Text to 911” service for those unable to communicate verbally in emergency situations.
Mayor Kevin Hartke commented on the award, “As the Community of Innovation, our talented staff work day in and day out to ensure Chandler remains at the forefront of technological advancements and has the infrastructure in place to facilitate future opportunities. It is an honor to receive this recognition, and I look forward to continuing to share how our city uses technology to engage the community, enhance services and strengthen cybersecurity.”
City of Chandler, Public Information Officer