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For the ninth year in a row Winston-Salem has been ranked as one of the top 10 most technology-advanced cities in America of its size by the Center for Digital Government.

Winston-Salem tied for fifth in the center's 2010 Digital Cities Survey of cities with a population of 125,000 to 249,999. The annual study ranks the use of information technology by local governments.

This year the survey was particularly interested in assessing how local governments are using information technology to save money and stretch their budgets, said Dennis Newman, the city's chief information officer.

"Given the economic climate of the past couple of years, the focus has been on leveraging the investments we have already made in information technology," Newman said.

"So we have been focusing on doing more in areas where we have already spent money, such as automating paper-based systems using electronic workflow. We have also been extending existing applications for Utilities, Inspections, and Neighborhood Services out into the field and thereby making staff more mobile and more efficient. They have the information they need out in the field without coming back to the office."

The rankings were compiled by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute. The city tied for fifth place with Hampton, Va. In North Carolina, Charlotte ranked fourth among cities with a population of 250,000 or more. High Point tied for fifth among cities with a population of 75,000 to 124,999.


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