Who are We?
The eCityGov Alliance was formed in 2001 by nine cities located in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The cities come together to form an inter-local agency with a mission of providing Web-based services to their constituents. The founding partners of the Alliance are the cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Woodinville.
What do We Do?
The eCityGov Alliance has developed a unique business model by creating portals that are branded by service area and deployed as cross-jurisdictional web services. The portals have been a resounding success and have simultaneously demonstrated the transformative power of the Internet. The service-specific portals include:
Why eCityGov Alliance?
It is often the case that constituents are frustrated because they might not know what government agency to turn to for a particular service. The eCityGov Alliance was created to think, grow and experiment with business solutions that would replace city-centric web services with seamless, cross-boundary web services. The Alliance and member city’s goal is to provide constituents with easy-to-find, consistent services, regardless of which city is responsible for providing the service.
Where are We Going?
In addition to the nine partner cities, the Alliance has added 28 cities and agencies as member subscribers to the seven Alliance portals. Subscribers have full consensus-based participation on project committees. The total number of participating municipalities and agencies is now 39, representing a population of 1.3 million citizens and businesses across a four county region.
By working collaboratively within a region, the Alliance has been able to bridge the divide between those governments that can provide Internet services and those that cannot. The larger cities also benefit through lower costs and access to more services while Alliance project teams have discovered that convenient access to multijurisdictional service and information is broadening the number and kinds of audiences interested in Alliance services.
How do You Fit In?
At the close of 2005, the Alliance was serving 15 cities and one county reaching a population of about 900,000. By 2008 the Alliance is serving 39 agencies: 34 cities, one county, a fire district, two economic development councils and an airport.
The eCityGov Alliance has not only been successful for the municipalities in Washington State, but it also serves as a model and perhaps a service provider to other regions for cross-boundary collaboration and Internet services. In doing so, the Alliance model provides constituents with convenient, user-friendly services in a way that is cost effective for each jurisdiction. In other words, the Alliance uses technology to drive good government.
- Executive: Bob Larson, City Administrator, City of Snoqualmie
- Operations: Toni Cramer, Chief Information Officer, City of Bellevue
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009-9012