Department of Technology
Jerry Hammond Center
1111 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43206
Office : (614) 645-2550

Sam Orth
Sam Orth joined Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s administration in July of 2016 as Director of Technology/CIO of the City of Columbus. Born in Columbus and raised in Central Ohio, Director Orth has spent over 40 years helping government and education use technology to create value for the residents of Columbus and Ohio.

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The City of Columbus has been recognized as a leader in leveraging technology to improve citizen engagement and access to services. Columbus has been named a Smart 21 Community by the Intelligent Community Forum, has received the Sunshine Review Sunny Award, and has also been named a Computerworld Honors Laureate for 2013.


Intelligent Community Forum - Intelligent Community of the Year Columbus has been selected as the Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), at its annual summit in Toronto, Canada.  The designation is awarded to the community that best creates inclusive economic opportunity and improves competitiveness through the use of broadband and information technology to innovate, collaborate, attract investment, improve the delivery of government services and raise the quality of life for its citizens.

Columbus Named 2015 Intelligent Community

Top 7

Intelligent Communities Forum Top 7 In 2013 and 2014, Columbus was selected to move on to the next phase of the Awards Program, the Top 7 selection, with the possibility of Columbus being named Intelligent Community of the Year for 2014. ICF Top 7

Smart 21

Intelligent Communities Forum Smart 21 Columbus has been named to the Smart 21, a list of the smartest cities in the world as determined by the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) three years in a row (2012, 2013 and 2014).  ICF is an international think tank which measures the potential of a community for excelling in the 21st Century global economy according to five key indicators: broadband connectivity, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy. ICF Smart 21

 Gold Medal

2014 CITE Award Winner for Best Mobile App “The MyColumbus app and their innovation in getting a design school involved is genius. I like that the hometown ecosystem was heavily leveraged. The app layout is intuitive and well thought out.” 2014 CITE Awards Winners

Sunny Award

Sunshine Review Sunny Award The City of Columbus, received the "Sunny Award" in 2012 and 2013 for developing grade-A websites as determined by the Sunshine Review. 2013 Sunny Awards

Computerworld Honors

Computerworld Honors Laureate The Computerworld Honors Program recognizes organizations that promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society and change the world for the better through the use of information technology. In 2013 Columbus was named an Honors Laureate for work on the MyColumbus Mobile App Computerworld Honors Program