Gilbert, AZ Receives International Award for Open Data Portal “Alex”
Gilbert, Ariz. – Gilbert, Arizona is excited to receive its first international recognition, the Smart 50 Award for Community Engagement, for its open data portal, “Alex”. Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work.
Named after the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world, Alex and Gilbert’s Open Data Portal are a place where visitors can learn about the community and find a wealth of information that can help residents and businesses improve their lives and operations.
“Gilbert is taking a different approach to how we are marketing and using our Open Data Portal. Unlike other cities, Gilbert has created a unique outward facing persona to walk people through the experience of using our data," said Patrick Banger, Gilbert Town Manager. "We are proud to have this resource recognized as one of the top community engagement projects in the world.”
“Solutions like the Alex Open Data Portal in Gilbert are the heartbeat of the smart city,” said Laura Benold, managing editor of Smart Cities Connect Media & Research, host of the Smart 50 Awards. "It takes real, tangible work to get us all where we want to go: human-centric communities that beautifully and efficiently correspond to the life, work, and play of residents.”
Gilbert’s Chief Digital Officer Dana Berchman and Data and Technology Analyst Derek Konofalski accepted the award at Monday night’s ceremony in Denver, Colorado. Other Smart 50 – Community Engagement award recipients include municipal projects from Washington, DC, India, Israel, and Canada. View a full list of recipients here.
Explore the award-winning “Alex” and Gilbert’s Open Data Portal at alex.gilbertaz.gov.