State and Local 50


Last spring, we put out a call to states, cities and counties, asking forexamples of groundbreaking information technology projects. We were hopingto hear about systems, policies and programs that somehow improved government— either by making it run more smoothly or by bettering its service tocitizens. And we did.

You told us about projects that not only raised the bar for your agenciesbut also served as models for others.

That was our goal. We wanted the State and Local 50 awards to serveas both rewards and road maps — to be a pat on the back for jobs well doneand to serve as ideas for others.

After receiving nominations last spring, we forwarded them to a panelof distinguished judges from government, industry and academia. We askedthem to choose projects that delivered the greatest benefits. Specifically,we wanted them to look for:

    * Innovative state or local IT systems that made a significant impacton a state, county or local community.

    * IT projects that saved agencies money or improved daily operations.

    * Policies that paved the way for social and economic improvement.

    * Projects or policies that set standards or served as models for governmentagencies nationwide.

The judges whittled the nominations down to 50 projects that they feltbest met those criteria.

They assembled an impressive list, with representatives from the largestof states and from communities that you might have to check a map to find.Represented are law enforcement agencies, transit authorities, schoolsand permit offices. The projects range from ways to pay bills online, deliverinformation to the public, ease police investigations and bolster economicdevelopment.

The top 50 honorees convey a strong message: the potential of technology.

It's clear that technology has a place in nearly every facet of publiclife, and it's making people's jobs easier and their lives better.

We congratulate the winners and look forward to the innovation thatnext year will surely bring.

State&Local 50 Winners | State&Local 50 Judges

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