100 million Americans are relying on their iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry smartphones to get them through the day, according to Mashable. 47,000 apps are downloaded every 60 seconds. Our world is becoming more mobile by the minute and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

So it should come as no surprise that local governments have recognized the tremendous opportunity mobile apps present, and are eager to jump on the bandwagon. Whether it's promoting civic services or a call to community action, many municipalities have started implementing mobile apps. Here’s a look at five of the cities with mobile offerings.

The city of CALGARY - Pet app
City of Calgary

1. Calgary, CanadaCalgary recently released five apps as part of their initiative, with The City of Calgary Pets being the front-runner. Users can find adoptable dogs and cats and get key information on licensing and responsible pet ownership.

Live voting results app
Election Results

2. Jefferson Parish, LouisianaThe Election Results app lets constituents access to election results in real-time. It also allows the user to search by election date, candidate, office or proposition.

Ask Elk Grove civic service app
Ask Elk Grove

3. Elk Grove, California Ask Elk Grove allows residents to submit and track non-emergency service requests by uploading a photo and sending it directly to the specified department, saving the dispatch team precious time.

City of Sparks restaurant finder app
Sparks, NV

4. Sparks, NevadaSparks, NV lets visitors search for restaurants, hotels and activities in the area. Residents also gain access to local news and the ability to connect with city officials.

All of the above apps are available on Android and iPhone; some are available on BlackBerry, too. Jacob George, manager of Corporate Marketing and Communications for the City of Calgary, makes an excellent point, saying: “Developing apps that run solely on one particular platform can end up alienating large segments of the population.”

Are you ready to get your city on the mobile app map? With our expertise across all mobile platforms, Zco is ready and willing to assist with your mobile venture. Call me at 603.881.9200 or fill out our “request a call” form and we can call at a time that is convenient for you!

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