Trendsetter Award - 2005
The City of Marietta was awarded the first-ever "Trendsetter Award" today when the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and Georgia Trends magazine presented awards at GMA's 47th annual Mayors' Day luncheon at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta. more
Marietta was the winner in the Public Safety category in the larger city population category, winning over second and third place winners Savannah and Alpharetta. Marietta has been recognized regionally and nationally for its outstanding M-STAR community policing program. Now Marietta has gained national recognition through its partnership with the FBI in the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) project.
This new technology for which Marietta was recognized is a Google-like search program that was developed by the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department of Marietta. The search program allows detectives to quickly search the Marietta crime incident database. Had this type of search been available, for example, during the "D. C. sniper case," the suspect could have been identified much earlier by the entry of the type of rifle he used. An earlier incident report in Alabama would have shown the same type of rifle, thereby shortening the search significantly.
The Marietta technology caught the interest of the FBI and Marietta MIS became the first agency in the nation to submit crime incident data to the FBI in XML, the "language of data sharing." Gene Estensen, Marietta MIS Director, chairs a focus group for the FBI, which is charged with developing the XML standard for the nation.
"The importance of this new technology, conceived and developed by the City of Marietta, Georgia, cannot be overemphasized," says Estensen. "It is cutting-edge technology that will help enhance public safety throughout the United States and the world. It will be an important tool in homeland security."
City Manager Bill Bruton says, "We are very proud of the important work our MIS department is doing. They have been recognized for a long time for their forward-thinking technological skills and advancements. We are very pleased that they have been able to develop this useful tool for our Marietta Police Department which will, no doubt, soon aid agencies worldwide."
City Councilmembers Betty Hunter, Johnny Sinclair, Anthony Coleman and Philip M. Goldstein and city manager Bill Bruton were present to accept the award today from Georgia Trend publisher Neely Young, and GMA Executive Director Jim Higdon.
Also attending the ceremony were MIS Director Gene Estensen and members of his staff, Marietta Police Chief Bobby Moody and members of the Police Department, and assistant city manager Shannon Long. Winning awards in other categories were the cities of Morrow, Braselton, Savannah, Suwanee and Elberton.
The Trendsetter Award is a joint program of GMA and Georgia Trend magazine. The winners are featured in February's Georgia Trend. "The winners demonstrate the many ways in which Georgia's cities are leading the way in local government," said GMA Executive Director Jim Higdon. "These six cities show how cities can use their resources to improve the quality of life for their residents, and provide services in a better, more efficient manner.