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Louisville Ranked Among Best For Making Government Accessible On-Line

Thursday September 25, 2003

Louisville is ranked No. 4 in the nation in efforts to make its government more accessible on-line to the community, according to a recent national study.

The rankings were released recently by Governing Magazine as part of a national study conducted by researchers at Brown University. Louisville was No. 4 among the 70 largest cities reviewed in the study.

Last year, Louisville was No. 30 in the rankings, a dramatic increase resulting from a government website – www.loukymetro.org -- that “is easy to navigate” and offers a variety of services, according to the study.
 
“In our new merged government, one of our top priorities is increasing the ease with which people interact with their government,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “This national recognition is an affirmation of the progress we’re making in creating a more effective, efficient and responsive government for a new and larger community.”

The new web site for Louisville Metro Government was launched earlier this year. It was designed in-house by Louisville Metro’s Information Technology Department.

The announcement is the second national ranking Louisville Metro Government’s technological capabilities have received in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, the Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) won an international award for excellence in using information technology to improve government efficiency and effectiveness.

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) announced that LOJIC is the recipient of the “2003 Exemplary Systems in Government Award for Enterprise Systems” which will be presented at its annual conference in Atlanta next month.

LOJIC is an example of a consortium partnership, among several governmental agencies, which has built and maintained a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) to serve the community. Participating government agencies – which share the cost for LOJIC -- include Louisville Metro Government, the Metropolitan Sewer District, the Jefferson County School System, Property Valuation Administrator and the Louisville Water Company.

Information about the Governing-commissioned study can be found on-line at http://www.governing.com/articles/9ciegov.htm. ###