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Town's visual budget scores Digital Government Achievement Award

Screen shot from Arlington Visual BudgetScreen shot from Arlington's Visual Budget.

Arlington Visual Budget has been awarded the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Government Achievement Award.

The awards highlight outstanding agency and department websites and apps. These awards are presented in eight categories. To see the full list of winners, click here >>

"These winners are recognized for responsive and mobile-first design, open government, open data, improved transparency and integration with social media," Todd Sander, executive director of the center, said in a news release. "Congratulations to the awardees for their impressive work to make government more accessible and responsive to citizens."

The town's visual budget is an online tool developed in Arlington by Involution Studios to track town finances two years ago.

Involution, with the Town of Arlington, former Selectman Annie LaCourt and Finance Committee Vice Chair Alan Jones, conceptualized a web application that provides an easier way to communicate complex municipal financial information.

Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine has said: "Hopefully, the transparency and inclusiveness inherent in this project will encourage more citizens to engage politically. Transparent and open government has demonstrated the power not only to achieve this goal, but also to engender confidence and trust among citizens toward government."

Oct. 8, 2013: Start-up, town move toward an online budget vision

This report was published Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. 

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