Awards and Recognition

Throughout the year, the efforts of the City IT department are frequently reported in ink and online. The following are examples of some of the stories that feature the work we are doing at the city. 

Date Category Received
 Name of Award/Recognition and Link
Apr 2017 News StateScoop Palo Alto shows that even small cities can be smart cities
Dec 2016 Award Onalytica Palo Alto CIO, Jonathan Reichental, recognized as one of the top 100 global influencers of government technology in 2016
Nov 2016 Award Government Technology Palo Alto Named a Leading Digital City 
4th Year in a Row
Sep 2016 Award California Cybersecurity Symposium / Raj Patel – Palo Alto Information Security Manager Excellence for Cybersecurity Leadership in Local Government
Jun 2016 Award Alliance for Innovation Running Government IT Like a Startup received an Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award from the Alliance for Innovation!
May 2016 Award Green Electronics Council  2016 EPEAT Sustainable Purchasing Award Winner
Mar 2016 Recognition CXOTalk Palo Alto CIO Recognized as One of the 20 Most Influential CIOs in the US in 2016
Nov 2015 Award Government Technology Palo Alto Named a Leading Digital City
3rd Year in a Row
Aug 2015 Award California Technology Forum Best of California 2015
Jul 2015 Recognition Startup.Sap Becoming Smart the City of Palo Alto Strategy
Apr 2015 Recognition Silicon Republic The five minute CIO: Jonathan Reichental, City of Palo Alto, California
Apr 2015 Recognition Government Technology Want to Host an Apps Challenge? Palo Alto, Calif., Wrote the Book
Apr 2015 Award Forbes Top 20 Social CIOs
Feb 2015 Recognition Palo Alto Online New Digital Tools Aim to Bridge the Divide Between City Hall, Residents
Jan 2015 Recognition GovLoop Top 8 Best City Financial Transparency
Jan 2015 Recognition Huffington Post Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2015
Dec 2014 Recognition Center for Data
Five Questions for the CIO of the
City of Palo Alto
Nov 2014 Award Government
Palo Alto Named a Leading Digital City
2nd Year in a Row
Oct 2014 Recognition Government
Second Year in a Row ... Best of the Web
Award Finalist
Jun 2014 Recognition Forbes Civic Innovation Thrives In Silicon Valley
May 2014 Recognition Code for America Spotlight: Jonathan Reichental,City of Palo Alto
May 2014 Recognition Government Technology Palo Alto, Calif., Among First Cities to Connect 311 and Open Data Platforms
Mar 2014 Recognition Huffington Post Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2014 
Feb 2014 Recognition Mayor Nancy
Proclamation of the Council Proclaiming
the City of Palo Alto as Open (Data)
by Default
Nov 2013 Award Government
2013 Digital Cities Winner
Nov 2013 Recognition Silicon Valley
Most Tech-Savvy Town in America
Sep 2013 Award Web Marketing
2013 WebAward for Outstanding
Achievement in Web Development
Jul 2013 Award               SearchCIO 2013 IT Leadership-Customer Experience
Jul 2013 Recognition     SearchCIO Lean Startup methodology key to open
government initiative in Palo Alto
Jul 2013 Recognition     The White
Honoring Open Government and Civic
Hacking Champions of Change
Jun 2013 Award Silicon Valley
Business Journal
Best CIO Award Community Champion
Jun 2013 Recognition        Palo Alto Online Palo Alto civic hackathon aims to spur
Apr 2013 Recognition Government
Palo Alto, Calif., Launches 'Open GIS'
with Google Platform
Mar 2013 Recognition NASDAQ-listed
One of 11 nominated finalists in the US
for IT leader of the Year
Mar 2013 Award Alliance for
Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for
Excellence in Local Government
Mar 2013 Recognition NBC Bay Area Salesforce Helps Bay Area City
Mar 2013 Recognition Open
Making Transparency Real – The City
of Palo Alto Unleashes the Value of
Government Data
Feb 2013 Award Government
Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers
for 2013
Feb 2013 Recognition Tech Interview with Jonathan Reichental -
CIO City of Palo Alto
Feb 2013 Award California Society of
Municipal Finance Officers
Innovations Award
Feb 2013 Recognition CAFWD.ORG Video: Palo Alto continuing open data
push for city government
Jan 2013 Award STATETECH
The 8 Most Social State and Local
Government CIOs on Twitter
Jan 2013 Award Huffington Post The 50 Most Social CIOs on Twitter
(and 20 Rising Stars)
Jan 2013 Recognition STATETECH
Why Government Should Embrace Lean
Startup Approaches
Sep 2012 Recognition GigaOM Palo Alto: The city as open digital
Aug 2012 Recognition Public CIO
Governments take a Lean Startup
Aug 2012 Recognition GigaOM Local governments could save most
from cloud, but are least receptive to it
Jul 2012 Recognition Mashable US &
City of Palo Alto Opens Its Arms to Open
Jul 2012 Recognition Government
Open Data Initiative Launching in
Palo Alto, California
Mar 2012 Recognition Palo Alto Weekly Building a Digital City
Mar 2012 Recognition San Jose
Mercury News
Palo Alto to hold second Twitter
Q&A session

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2017