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Louisville Metro Government Named Top “Digital City”
When it comes to using technology to communicate with citizens, Louisville Metro Government is the top city government in America, according to the latest survey from a national technology group. The 2012 Digital Cities Survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government, has Louisville first, ahead of cities such as Boston, Seattle, Charlotte and Sacramento. It’s the second top-technology ranking this year for Louisville Metro: the city’s website,, earned a number one ranking in the Best of the Web awards, only the second time a city has taken first in both surveys in the same year from the Center for Digital Government.

Louisville Metro Makes More Information Available Online for Citizens
Louisville Metro Government is now making it easier for citizens to find and use city government data and information. From animal adoption rates to alcoholic beverage permits to crime statistics, construction permits and property maintenance cases – it’s all available at the city’s new Open Data Portal (

Louisville’s City Website Named Best in the Nation
Louisville Metro Government has been awarded first place in the Center for Digital Government’s annual Best of the Web competition, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. After finishing in the top four every year since 2006 including two consecutive second place finishes in 2010 and 2011, has claimed the top prize in the city portal category. The Best of the Web awards recognize outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency. Louisville’s website took the top prize for its focus on making city services and government widely available online.

Louisville Government A Top 10 Social Media City
The city’s voracious use of social media — from Facebook to Twitter to virtual Talk to Greg sessions — has earned Louisville Metro Government a top 10 ranking as one of America’s best social media cities. A study by the University of Illinois Chicago ranked Louisville 8th, just behind New York, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, among others.

Louisville’s Rare Copy of Declaration of Independence
The city’s rare copy of the “Declaration of Independence” was briefly transported from its home at Metro Hall last week to be professionally scanned by the imaging manager at the University of Louisville’s photo archives department. With the cooperation of Metro Louisville’s facilities crew and archives staff, Speed Museum personnel and Ekstrom Library’s photo archives department, the copy was removed from its display case, transported, scanned in high definition, and returned to its secured location in about three hours.