The annual survey recognizes leading examples of cities from across the United States that use technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. San Leandro was selected because of its innovative use of new technologies, including its partnership with the Lit San Leandro fiber optic network.
San Leandro was one of 10 cities from across the country in the 75,000-125,000 population size category that were selected for this coveted award. In the award announcement, San Leandro was cited for its ongoing efforts to be competitive with nearby tech hubs like San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and for its harnessing of the Lit San Leandro fiber optic network that is providing local businesses with gigabit-speed internet access. The City was also lauded for its recently-launched free downtown Wi-Fi system, its usage of online platforms such as Nextdoor.com to communicate with local residents, and for implementing cloud-based systems to streamline business operations. Numerous public safety initiatives including body-worn cameras for police officers and the replacement of police in-car computers were also highlighted in the award announcement.