#2 on the Best City to Save Money (GoBankingRates.com, 2014)
#1 on the Most Small Business friendly city in Florida. (Kauffman - 2013)

#10 in the America’s New Tech Hotspots – STEM jobs growth 13% from 2001-2012

   Government Computer News Award for the JaxReady Mobile App

  Jacksonville ranked 3rd in Top Digital Cities for Digital Government
                                     and the Digital Communities Program


Jacksonville - Highest City Website Scores in Florida for Government Transparency by the First Amendment Foundation - Perfect score in Public Records

GCN Award
JaxReady Mobile App Receives Honorable Mention for Government Computer News IT Achievement Award

   IBM Smarter Cities

 Jacksonville Wins 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grant

Press Release
  • Winner IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant
  • Use new approaches to address civic challenges
  • Launched in 2011
  • 3 Year, 100-city $50 million program
  • IBM's single-largest philanthropic initiative
  • Funds in-person engagements staffed by teams of top IBM experts
  • Team studies and then makes detailed recommendations addressing locally important urban issues
  • Jacksonville's Issue: Revitalizing the Downtown
"IBM has selected 33 cities worldwide to receive IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants in 2012. The Smarter Cities Challenge, now in its second year, is IBM's single largest philanthropic initiative, valued at US $50 million. Over three years, the program is deploying teams of top IBM experts to work with 100 cities around the world.
During immersive, 3-week engagements, teams of five to six experts in a range of disciplines work in their host cities to deliver detailed recommendations addressing key urban issues identified by local elected officials and other stakeholders."

Sunny Award

COJ Website Wins Sunny Award 2012
COJ.net won a Sunny Award with a grade of A+
  • Budget information is posted online. [3]
  • City council meeting agendas, minutes, and schedules are published.[4][5]
  • The names and contact information for all city council members are provided.[6]. Contact information for the mayor is also available. [7]
  • The names and contact information for all administrative officials are provided.[8]
  • Information on building permits and zoning is provided.[9]
  • Audit reports are published through the year ended December 31, 2010.[10]
  • Contract information is published.[11]
  • Information on lobbying is provided.[12]
  • Information on public records is provided.[13]
  • Information on taxes is published.[14]
 "The Sunny Awards recognizes governments that are doing an exemplary job at proactively disclosing information to taxpayers," said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. "There are so many organizations and associations that highlight what is wrong with government. We at Sunshine Review are proud to acknowledge those who are doing it right and setting a transparency standard that all governments can, and should, meet.""Sunshine Review is a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations throughout America in the cause of an informed citizenry and a transparent government. Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of all 50 states and more than 6,000 state and local entities."

Sunny Award
COJ Website Wins Sunny Award 2011
In 2011 COJ.net (Duval County) earned a Sunny Award for having a perfect website transparency score with a grade of A+.

JaxGIS Wins ESRI Special Achievement Award 2007

  • Special Achievement in GIS Winner at ESRI International User Conference
  • Press Release
  • Project Description and Team
  • Photos
  • City of Jacksonville, Florida, stood out from more than 300,000 organizations worldwide that use geographic information system (GIS) software to make a difference in the world.
  • GIS technology is used in almost every department in the City of Jacksonville.
  • Esri develops geographic information systems (GIS) that function as an integral component in nearly every type of organization.