The digital roadmap outlines citywide strategies for advancing goals for digital inclusion; open government; digital engagement; supporting the local technology sector; and becoming a smart city.

Following an inventory of technology and department business plans, Ashley convened a cross-departmental innovation team and civic board of emerging professionals to define specific opportunities and projects to support these goals and build on existing initiatives within City Hall while aligning to metrics defined in the citywide strategic plan. The Office of Mayor Sly James launched an online project dashboard to track implementation of each initiative and the document served as the foundation for the Kansas City US DOT Smart City Challenge Phase I Application (December 2015).

A launch event, KC Digital Lab, was organized in partnership with Bloomberg Associates to introduce the KC Digital Roadmap to digital communications staff across City Hall, partner agencies and nonprofits. This event was the first time this staff was brought together to share best practices in digital communications, learn about new social media tools, and network and was part of the effort to cultivate a culture of innovation in local government.

Ashley Z. Hand was the project lead.