Albuquerque – e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program today announced the top-ranked cities in the 2013 Digital Cities Survey.

Albuquerque placed 7th on this prestigious list for 2013.

"We are proud to receive this honor," Mayor Richard J. Berry said. "Albuquerque is on the cutting-edge of digital technologies among municipalities throughout the country. We are very pleased to have these accomplishments recognized on a national scale."

The City of Albuquerque was recognized for its improved transparency with open government initiatives, providing access to city services via mobile apps and by improving upon its Enterprise Resource Program (ERP) Financial and HR PeopleSoft systems.

"Nationally the number of tech-savvy digital cities is increasing, particularly among the larger jurisdictions responding to the survey," said Todd Sander, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government. "The top digital cities are leaders in open data and transparency efforts, as well as innovators in deploying mobile applications to citizens while conforming to fiscal standards."

The top 10 ranked cities will be honored at a special awards ceremony during the National League of Cities' (NLC) annual conference in Seattle on Nov. 15, 2013.

Albuquerque Chief Information Officer Peter Ambs said, “The City is continually looking at new and innovative ways to improve upon the City's effective implementation of technology through the thoughtful and smart use of technology investments. This really reaffirms our efforts.”

"These are the cities that invest in engaging with their constituencies and that continuously improve their municipal services to be models of excellence nationally," said Marie Lopez-Rogers, NLC President and Mayor of Avondale. "The cities honored reflect public administrators and IT professionals wisely adopting technologies with a readiness to share with others serving public interests. NLC and the City of Avondale are strong believers in those approaches. The Center for Digital Government deserves immense credit for its work facilitating community success through technology for many years."

In its 13th year, the annual survey is a part of the Digital Communities Program and is open to all U.S. cities. The survey criteria focused on results achieved by cities - via the use of technology - in operating efficiencies, realizing strategic objectives, innovative or creative solutions or approaches, effective collaboration and transparency measures, among others.