E-government has fallen from vogue in the year since Obama's election. Many commentators are frustrated with e-government initiatives at the national level, as they’ve largely stagnated after showing so much potential only a year ago, while local initiatives, more innovative than things going on at the national level, rarely get the coverage they deserve. For true innovation, you must look to the local level and outside the regions tech journalists normally cover. The Center for Digital Government highlights the most innovative communities in its Digital Cities annual survey, which it has been running since 2001.

The number one digital city is Corpus Christi, TX, which was chosen in part for its 115,000 smart meters and considerable wifi coverage, as well as its document/data management and storage systems and SaaS initiatives.

Here is the complete list of 2009’s top digital cities. (As a native Floridian, I have to admit that the lists are refreshing, as the oft-derided Sunshine State dominates many categories.)

250,000 or more population category:
1st City of Corpus Christi, Texas
2nd City of Miami, Fla.
2nd City of Tampa, Fla.
3rd City of Aurora, Colo.
3rd City of Louisville, Ky.
4th City of Tucson, Ariz.
5th City of Riverside, Calif.
6th City of Mesa, Ariz.
6th City of Virginia Beach, Va.
7th City of Chandler, Ariz.
7th City of Kansas City, Mo.
8th City of Honolulu, Hawaii
9th New York City, N.Y.
9th City of Plano, Texas
10th City of Houston, Texas
10th City of San Antonio, Texas
10th Washington, D. C.

125,000 - 249,999 population category:
1st City of Norfolk, Va.
2nd City of Lincoln, Neb.
3rd City of Irving, Texas
3rd City of Winston-Salem, N.C.
4th City of Alexandria, Va.
4th City of Hollywood, Fla.
5th City of Madison, Wis.
5th Salt Lake City, Utah
6th City of Cape Coral, Fla.
7th City of Lakewood, Colo.
7th City of Santa Clarita, Calif.
8th City of Hampton, Va.
9th City of Scottsdale, Ariz.
10th City of Modesto, Calif.
10th City of Richmond, Va.

75,000 - 124,999 population category:
1st City of Santa Monica, Calif.
2nd City of Arvada, Colo.
3rd City of Roanoke, Va.
4th City of Richardson, Texas
4th City of West Palm Beach, Fla.
5th City of Ann Arbor, Mich.
5th City of Independence, Mo.
6th City of Lee's Summit, Mo.
6th City of Pueblo, Colo.
7th City of Westminster, Colo.
8th City of Lawrence, Kan.
8th City of Ogden, Utah
9th City of Boulder, Colo.
10th Village of Schaumburg, Ill.

30,000 - 74,999 population category:
1st Town of Flower Mound, Texas
2nd Town of Jupiter, Fla.
3rd Town of Manchester, Conn.
4th City of Charlottesville, Va.
5th City of Boynton Beach, Fla.
5th City of Delray Beach, Fla.
6th City of Annapolis, Md.
7th City of Lynchburg, Va.
8th City of Azusa, Calif.
9th City of Missoula, Mont.
10th City of Wellington, Fla

By Mark Alvarez