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. 


Category Received
 Name of Award/Recognition and Link
Oct 2018  Recognition Bee Smart City  Smart City Portrait: Palo Alto
Jul 2018  Award Palo Alto Weekly Best of Palo Alto 2018 Winner: WiFi Hotspot - Palo Alto Library
Nov 2017  Award Government Technology Palo Alto wins digital city award for a 5th consecutive year
Sep 2017  Recognition  Constellation Research  CIO Jonathan Reichental recognized as one of the 2017 Constellation Research Global Business Transformation 150 Leaders 
Aug 2017  Recognition StateScoop Palo Alto named one of the 31 smart communities to watch
Jul 2017  Recognition  Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL)  CIO Jonathan Reichental named to the 2017 Traeger List of Influencers by ELGL 
Jun 2017  Award Hot Topics/Tanium Palo Alto CIO Jonathan Reichental named one of world's top 100 CIOs
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 Innovation Five Questions for the CIO of the
City of Palo Alto
Nov 2014  Award Government Technology Palo Alto Named a Leading Digital City 2nd Year in a Row
Oct 2014  Recognition Government Technology 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 Sheperd Proclamation of the Council Proclaiming the City of Palo Alto as Open (Data) by Default
Nov 2013  Award Government Technology 2013 Digital Cities Winner
Nov 2013  Recognition Silicon Valley Business Journal Most Tech-Savvy Town in America
Sep 2013  Award Web Marketing Association 2013 WebAward for Outstanding
Achievement in Web Development
Jul 2013  Award               SearchCIO 2013 IT Leadership-Customer Experience Award
Jul 2013  Recognition     SearchCIO Lean Startup methodology key to open government initiative in Palo Alto
Jul 2013  Recognition     The White House Honoring Open Government and Civic Hacking Champions of Change
Jun 2013  Award Silicon Valley Business Journal Best CIO Award Community Champion category
Jun 2013  Recognition  Palo Alto Online Palo Alto civic hackathon aims to spur innovation
Apr 2013  Recognition Government Technology Palo Alto, Calif., Launches 'Open GIS' with Google Platform
Mar 2013  Recognition NASDAQ-listed TechTarget One of 11 nominated finalists in the US for IT Leader of the Year
Mar 2013  Award Alliance for Innovation Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government
Mar 2013  Recognition NBC Bay Area Salesforce Helps Bay Area City "Chatter"
Mar 2013  Recognition Open Government Partnership Making Transparency Real – The City of Palo Alto Unleashes the Value of Government Data
Feb 2013  Award Government Technology 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 Magazine 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 Magazine Why Government Should Embrace Lean Startup Approaches 
Sep 2012  Recognition GigaOM Palo Alto: The city as open digital platform
Aug 2012  Recognition Public CIO Magazine Governments take a Lean Startup Approach
Aug 2012  Recognition GigaOM Local governments could save most from cloud, but are least receptive to it
Jul 2012  Recognition Mashable US & World City of Palo Alto Opens Its Arms to Open Government
Jul 2012  Recognition Government Technology 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