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Madison – The City of Madison has been awarded the top ranking for a mid-size city in the 2005 Digital Cities Survey. The annual survey is conducted by the Center for Digital Government.

Madison has been steadily moving up in the rankings for cities with populations between 125,000 and 249,999. In 2003, Madison placed tenth in the rankings, moving up to fourth place in 2004 and first place this year.

“This national recognition reflects the innovative efforts Madison is constantly making to provide better service through technology,” said Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. “In the past year alone, we have added a comprehensive website enabling citizens to report online issues such as potholes and graffiti. We have also introduced an online city hall application connecting citizens with vital information about city government meetings, proposed legislation and other information. Next year promises even more improvements, including a new enterprise permitting system that will make doing business with Madison easier than ever.”

In addition to these services, Madisonians are also able to conveniently make a variety of online payments through the city’s web portal,, such as property taxes, parking tickets and water bills.

Cieslewicz praised the work of city staff in developing Madison’s award-winning online presence, especially the late Mike Simle, who led those efforts for many years.

The Digital Cities Survey is an annual review of how city governments are utilizing information technology to operate and deliver quality service to their customers and citizens. More information about the Survey, and the Center for Digital Government, is available at


  • George Twigg, 608-266-4611