Sacramento has its sights set on becoming a major tech center in Northern California, as it simultaneously seeks to boost quality of life for its residents.
Louis Stewart, Sacramento’s chief innovation officer, told StateScoop in a video interview that civic technology and partnerships with local universities and businesses are the keys to achieving those goals via a wide range of initiatives.
“Within in innovation and economic development within the city of Sacramento, we’re looking at how do we do civic technology? How do we make sure that there’s evidence-based policy happening?” Stewart said.
Within any policy area — whether it’s mobility solutions, environmental sustainability, public health or homelessness — he said that civic tech is the starting point both for encouraging economic growth in the region and providing excellent customer service to residents as they reach out to their local government.