Member Spotlight – City of Danville
New York isn’t the only city that never sleeps. The City of Danville, Virginia stands ready 24/7 to provide whatever is needed for its citizens and this region. Named in 1977 and again in 2020 as an All-American City, Danville was recognized for its commitment to being a community that leverages civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues. Find out more about this enterprising member which works ‘round the clock’ today to prepare for tomorrow.
What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?
In 2020, the City of Danville was named a 2020 All-America City by the National Civic League. Additionally, the City took top honors from the Center for Digital Government as the first-place top digital city in the category of cities up to the 75,000 in population!
Why did you become involved in the SPTC?
The City of Danville has been involved with SPTC for well over twenty years. SPTC mission to further the economic vitality of the Southern Piedmont region aligns to the core values of the city. The city is invested and committed to advancing technology in the Southern Piedmont region.
How does being a member of the SPTC help you?
As a public servant and technology advocate, the City of Danville is committed to expanding technology innovation in the region. SPTC provides resources, partnerships, and opportunities to help expand and strengthen the technology blueprint for the region.
What technology innovation have you uncovered prior, during, or post the COVID-19 pandemic?
Like most organizations, the City of Danville had to transition quickly from being in person to online and virtual. During COVID, the City of Danville has been able to leverage and enhance innovative online services for the community. New permitting and payment portals were implemented, learning centers were stood up for K-12 students, additional cloud-based communication technologies were implemented for staff, and renovations were completed to City Hall council and conference rooms to enable a seamless in-person and virtual experience for employees, council members, and citizens.
What positive impact have you witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
As services continue to transition to mobile and online platforms, citizens are more engaged in technology than ever before. Employee, partners, and constituents are effectively communicating with virtual collaboration tools and organizations have found benefits to employee working from home. While we hope to transition back to the pre-COVID days soon, employees, and organizations have embraced some of the new “norm”. We will discover that some of the new norms are here to stay.
The SPTC Board of Directors are excited to share the good news that’s happening with all of our members. For more information on the City of Danville visit www.danville-va.gov.
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