The City of Santa Monica Web site has tied for third place in the eighth annual Digital Cities Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National League of Cities.

The nationwide survey examines how cities use technology to create a seamless environment between local government and constituents.

The Santa Monica site placed first in the survey last year and third in 2004.

With an online presence since 1989, the City of Santa Monica has long been recognized as being among the leaders in electronic delivery of government information and services, city officials said.

The city’s extensive Web site and integration of technology into city operations were important factors in winning the distinction, according to the Center for Digital Government.

“This year’s winners reflect that even with budgetary challenges, cities are placing a high value on citizen engagement and improved services,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive director for the Center for Digital Government. “Cities are incorporating newer technologies such as Web casting, podcasts and blogs while continuing to use information technology to enhance delivery options for citizens and businesses.”