June 8

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The Center for Digital Government’s (CDG) Digital Cities Survey provides the opportunity for city information technology organizations to highlight the great work being done, benchmark with their peers and identify trends for the future. This year’s survey has been re-organized to better reflect current challenges and the changing technology landscape, while including a special section specifically relating to your COVID-19 efforts. In addition, we have upgraded our survey tool to make it easier to respond.

On this webcast, CDG Co-Director Phil Bertolini and Survey Manager Janet Grenslitt will walk you through this year’s survey – the overall structure, what’s new and approaches you can use to fill it out. Lea Eriksen, the CIO of the City of Long Beach, Calif., will provide her experiences on how important it is to be part of the survey process. It will also cover:

  • The objectives and intent of the survey
  • How to navigate the new survey tool
  • Next steps and timing for survey submissions
  • Any questions the audience has and how to use the FAQs

We encourage you to invite anyone in the city who will be involved in the survey to attend. We look forward to a successful 2020 Digital Cities Survey!


Lea Eriksen

Lea Eriksen

CIO, City of Long Beach, California

Lea Eriksen is the Director of Technology and Innovation and CIO of the City of Long Beach and is in charge of implementing the City’s technology vision, developing a staff of 173 FTE and managing a $57.2 million operating budget. With more than 20 years of experience working in local government, Lea’s background includes positions related to economic development, budget and finance, and technology. Prior to her current role, Lea served as the City of Long Beach’s budget manager and assistant finance director. Before joining the City of Long Beach, Lea spent 16 years with the City of Cincinnati. She has an MBA from Xavier University and graduated cum laude from Miami University.

Janet Grenslitt

Janet Grenslitt

Survey Manager, Center for Digital Government

Janet Grenslitt is the Center for Digital Government’s director of Surveys and Awards. She manages the Center’s flagship surveys and awards programs for state and local government. Working with subject matter experts, she created the Digital Cities and Digital Counties surveys more than 15 years ago.
Prior to joining e.Republic, Janet managed programs for state and local government in Florida, North Carolina and California. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, with a certificate in Social Administration from Hull University in England, and her Master’s degree from University of California at Berkeley.

Phil Bertolini

Phil Bertolini

Co-Director, Center for Digital Government

Phil Bertolini is the Co-executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Previously, he served as deputy county executive and CIO for Oakland County, Michigan.

During his 31-year tenure, Phil built a world-class IT organization in the second-largest county in Michigan, just north of Detroit. As Oakland County CIO, he oversaw more than 150 employees serving over 1.2 million residents. In 2005, he was also promoted to deputy county executive, holding dual positions until his retirement.

Phil’s efforts earned the county national attention, winning numerous awards for technology innovation and excellence. He was named one of Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year and Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers. He was also honored by the President Obama White House as a Champion of Change for 2012.