In an exclusive for American City & County, Govalytics analyzed the top 25 MSAs to find which municipalities were budgeting the most for information technologies in the years to come. The five local governments budgeting the most for tech solutions from 2013 to 2018, according to Govalytics data, include:

New York City: $234,335,527 budgeted. For this project, funding has been made available for the purchase and installation of electronic data processing, storage and retrieval equipment for the city’s department of information technology and telecommunications. City net, the city-wide communications network, is included in this budget.

Montgomery County, Md.: $44,620,000 budgeted. This project provides for the design and installation/construction of the College Information Technology system including data, video, cyber security, software services and voice applications. Associated cable systems, equipment, and the construction of IT space is included in the budget. Funding is also provided for the replacement and upgrade of IT equipment. The project includes installation and furnishing of technology in classrooms, labs and offices. Four IT staff positions are also funded here.

Portland, Ore.: $11,918,446 budgeted. The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) includes replacement of the municipality’s permitting and case tracking software. The project is anticipated to be funded by a combination of license and permit fee revenues and a line of credit.

Seattle: $4,469,000 budgeted. This proposal is for a comprehensive solution for managed, secure and filtered indoor wireless networks in municipal buildings. This solution must fit in with the current network hardware and monitoring systems for seamless integration and ease of global administration and policy enforcement by our current Operations Division staff. It will utilize new technology that will provide faster speeds, greater range and improved reliability.

Broward County, Fla.: $2,345,120 budgeted. This project will establish an off-site business operations center for mission critical systems necessary to maintain city operations (i.e., finance, customer service, asset management, GIS, payroll, etc.). The project will include the purchase of backup equipment to store data and run systems from a remote location and establish necessary connectivity.

Govalytics is a sales and marketing tool for companies looking to contract with local governments, measures municipal spending in the nation’s top 25 MSAs.

MSAs, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, are cities and their metro (or micro) areas. A metro area contains a core urban area of 50,000 or more population, and a micro area contains an urban core of at least 10,000 (but less than 50,000) population.

For more information on these projects, or to see how Govalytics can help your agency as a benchmarking tool, visit the website.

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