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City of Coral Gables named to the list of 8 Smart Cities to Watch in 2020

State Tech Magazine named Coral Gables as one of the 8 Smart Cities to Watch in 2020. Out City Beautiful was recognized for being at the forefront of using technology to address residents’ needs during the pandemic: “These cities have focused on using technology to address their residents’ urgent needs during the pandemic.” “StateTech is introducing a new crop of smart cities to watch, following up on our 2018 report that highlighted eight promising smart cities. This new batch of rising smart city stars have focused their efforts on providing the right smart city applications at the right time for their residents.”
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8 Smart Cities to Watch in 2020

2018 Digital Cities Award, First Place Winner in the Up to 75K Population Category

City of Coral Gables won first place nationally in the Digital Cities 2018 awards, in the category of Up to 75K population. This is an annual recognition of city performance and innovation in "using technology to align with city goals; promote citizen inclusion in important government processes and share government data with the public; proactively address citizen expectations; and boost cybersecurity and increase efficiency." Thank you to the Center for Digital Government and e-Republic/Govtech for this recognition! Our information technology team is happy and highly motivated to continue moving forward working together with City leaders, all departments and our partners, improving citizen services and advancing smart city technologies and innovation. More: Award Site  -  News Post


Digital Cities Survey 2018 Winner   Digital Cities Survey


2020 Smart 50 Award

City of Coral Gables has been named a recipient of the 2020 Smart 50 Award. The Coral Gables Smart Districts competed with innovative and transformative projects from around the world and received the award under the Urban Infrastructure category. We are proud of the positive impact that this initiative had in our City, improving quality of life and fostering economic growth. Excerpts from the announcement: “Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect Foundation and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work. This year, primary categories included community engagement, digital transformation, smart mobility, urban infrastructure, and urban operations.” “These municipal-scale projects exemplify innovation and concrete influence in their community or communities or implementation.” Announcement - Award

Digital Cities Survey


National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) Global City Teams Challenge

The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) included the Coral Gables smart city initiatives into the NIST’s Global City Teams Challenge “Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge” (GCTC).  The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) program is a collaborative platform for the development of smart cities and communities, led by National Institute of Standards and Technology, a bureau of U.S. Department of Commerce, in partnership with other U.S. federal agencies including U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), National Science Foundation, International Trade Administration, and National Telecommunications and Information Administration. It enables local governments, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, technologists, and corporations from all over the world to form project teams, or “action clusters,” and “SuperClusters,” to work on groundbreaking Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) applications within the city and community environment. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) to encourage collaboration and the development of standards. GCTC’s long-term goal is “to establish and demonstrate replicable, scalable, and sustainable models for incubation and deployment of interoperable, standard-based solutions using advanced technologies such as IoT and CPS, and demonstrate their measurable benefits in communities and cities.” 

More:  Visit the City’s GCTC page at NIST, and the complete list of action cluster projects here.


National Institute of Standards and Technology       Global City Teams Challenge


IEEE 2017 World Standard Day Smart City Video Contest Prize

In celebration of World Standards Day, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association held a contest exploring the 2017 theme of “standards make cities smarter.” Contestants submitted videos exploring how standards are helping to create the smart city of today and tomorrow. Each winner’s video included references to Smart Cities standards and how they address a problem. Entries were judged on their relevance to Smart Cities, creativity, originality, and quality of production. The City of Coral Gables winning submission was about how the City developed a robust network and system infrastructure based on engineering standards and best practices that enables residents and first responders to stay connected even when Mother Nature strikes at her hardest. The IEEE, originated in 1884, is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

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World Standards Day Video Contest


American Society for Quality (ASQ): 2019 International Team Excellence Award (ITEA)

Case Study Storyboard Competition - 3rd Place
The City of Coral Gables Information Technology Department won 3rd place in the ASQ 2019 World Conference’s ITEA case study storyboard competition in Fort Worth, TX. The case study was about the City’s I.T. six sigma black belt project our team submitted to the American Society for Quality (ASQ)’s International Team Excellence Awards (ITEA). Our team was invited by ASQ to present our project at the 2019 World Conference on Quality and Improvement (WCQI) as part of the ITEA case studies exhibition. We are proud of our I.T. Team, our ITEA project’s quality improvements, and this recognition from the American Society for Quality!
More: ASQ Certificate of AchievementCGIT ITEA Case Study Poster / 2019 ITEA Case Studies / CGIT ITEA Case Study

ASQ Team Excellence Award


2019 Open Cities Index Award Winner, U.S. 1st Place

The City of Coral Gables received a trophy for being the top performing U.S. organization in the 2019 Open Cities Index (OCI). The Open Cities Index (OCI) was developed by the Public Sector Digest (PSD) in partnership with the Open Data Exchange (ODX) as an appraisal framework to gauge the level of openness in cities across North America. The Open Cities Index is Canada’s first benchmarking study for municipal open data initiatives and serves as a tool for public sector organizations to measure the maturity of their open data programs. Several municipalities from the United States participated in 2019, and Coral Gables received the top performing U.S. rank recognition. 
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City of Coral Gables CIO named to StateTech's 2020 State and Local Government IT Influencer List

City of Coral Gables Chief Innovation Officer / Director of Information Technology was named to the StateTech Magazine list of “30 State and Local Government IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2020”:Announcement - eNews

2020 State and Local Government IT Influencer