‘America’s Number 1 Digital City’ Welcomes New Facebook Engineering Office
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
If you’re passionate about everything that has to do with technology and communication and you’re looking to relocate to a vibrant city, then Boston might just be your best option.
The Hub was recently named the country’s Number 1 Digital City for its best practices in communication technology and public-sector information. According to the 2013 Digital Cities Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government (CDG), a division of media and research company e.Republic, and underwritten by Accela, AT&T and NIC, the City of Boston was honored for its efforts to engage and connect with citizens by investing in innovation, using mobile technology and communicating through social media. The CDG recognized some of the city’s innovative projects such as:
• Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics – the city’s approach to civic innovation focused on delivering transformative services to residents;
• Boston’s Social Media Center – a set of social media campaigns meant to improve city operations and services;
• Tech Goes Home – a successful initiative that provides the under-served residents the tools and education to become more tech-savvy and overcome the technological barriers of the 21st century.
“Cities that are investing in technology are seeing huge cost savings that are critical to operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services,” said Todd Sander, executive director for the CDG. “These cities are true innovators and we applaud them as they work in the spirit of collaboration to provide extraordinary value to constituents, despite budget setbacks.”
Speaking of communication technology in the Hub, social media giant Facebook confirmed it will open a new engineering office in Kendall Square. The announcement was made in a blog post by Ryan Mack, who has been with the company for two-and-a-half years and serves as the site lead for Facebook Boston.
In March we reported on this page that Facebook had tapped commercial real estate brokerage Newmark Knight Frank to find around 7,000 square feet of office space in the Cambridge Innovation Center area. With the new engineering office confirmed, Facebook’s recruiting staff can now start browsing through the growing talent pool of graduates to hire around 40 new software engineers for its Cambridge team.