Evanston named ‘Tech Savvy City’

Lydia Ramsey, Reporter

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Evanston was the only city in the country to be designated a Tech Savvy City by the Public Technology Institute.

Along with Evanston, which received its designation earlier this month, three counties in California, Florida and Maryland also received the organization’s inaugural Tech Savvy Award.

“I am very proud of this recognition and to all staff citywide who have embraced the use of technology to better serve both our internal and external customers,” city manager Wally Bobkiewicz said in a news release.

PTI is a nonprofit that consults with local governments and works with them to improve technology in their cities and counties.

Bobkiewicz said Evanston’s 4-STAR Community Rating, which the city achieved in March 2014, and its work in green infrastructure were some of the reasons the city was picked for the award.

Earlier this year, PTI awarded Evanston three other awards, including a Technology Solutions Award for Web Management & E-Government and Significant Achievement awards for Public Safety Technology and IT & Telecommunications.

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