A Leading Resource on Information Technology in State and Local Government

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Through its diverse and dynamic programs and services, the Center provides public and private sector leaders with decision support, knowledge, and opportunities to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

Premier Services and Programs

Digital Communities Program

The Digital Communities program is an initiative of the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology magazine and is especially designed to help local government professionals improve public service delivery through the efficient and effective use of information and communication technology. Participation is open to all local government professionals at no charge. Signup at

Digital States Performance Institute (DSPI)

The Digital States Performance Institute (DSPI) is not a place, but a community of interest around modernizing and improving government. The newly expanded DSPI builds on the successes of the bi-annual Digital States Survey with a year-round program of ongoing original research, analysis and tools in the strategic planning process through regional events, Webinars, online communities or panels. All of it is intended to extend the value of the Digital States benchmarks through the documentation and sharing of best and emerging practices by states that are committed to meeting today's needs and tomorrow's expectations.

Speaking Engagements

Center experts are available to keynote your conference or event on a wide array of topics. From the United Nations to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Center speakers have provided thought-provoking speeches and have added tremendous value to conferences around the country. Contact Erica Hall at 916-932-1458 or for more details.

Strategy Papers and Guides

A series of strategy papers and local government technology guides written by senior editors and experts at the Center that focus on the most important issues and challenges faced by governments with solution sets for each.

Surveys and Awards Programs

  • The Digital States Survey, Digital Cities Survey and Digital Counties Survey are three of the most powerful market surveys and benchmarking tools for state, city and county government leaders. The surveys assess how our nation's jurisdictions are applying technologies to better serve their constituents.
  • The annual Digital Government and Education Achievement Awards and Best of the Web program is one of the most popular state and local government web contests. Not only do we award the best portals in the nation at the city, county and state level, but we award the best digital government applications in a variety of areas.
  • The annual Best of California, Best of Texas and Best of New York awards recognize contributions, best practices, and work of distinction in the information technology arena. Top technology leaders and teams from state agencies and local governments are selected by the Center for Digital Government to be the recipients of its esteemed "Best of" awards.

Re:Public Leadership Retreat

An annual leadership retreat that brings together our nation's top state and local government officials, IT leaders, influencers and thought leaders from many disciplines in a professional but comfortable setting to interact and enjoy stimulating discussions.