West Virginia honors innovations
- By Dibya Sarkar
- May 23, 2001
A mobile technology unit to help people with disabilities, an around-the-clock
tourism information system and a mineral land-mapping application were among
13 technology innovations recognized recently by West Virginia's government.
The fourth annual Governor's Information Technology Awards, announced
May 16, recognized technology projects developed by state employees. Honorees
received a plaque and $1,000. The winning projects, developed individually
or in teams, were chosen out of 30 nominations.
Liza Cordeiro, spokeswoman for the Governor's Office of Technology (www.wvgot.org), said the projects are selected based on a variety of criteria,
but basically must demonstrate cost-savings to government and tax payers
and/or be helpful to state residents.
Since the program started, nominations have increased significantly
every year, Cordeiro said, noting that giving award money is unusual. Five
of the state winners have been nominated for national technology awards
being judged by the National Association for State Chief Information Officers.
The West Virginia project winners include the following (a complete
list is available at www.wvgot.org/ITwinners.htm):
* The Department of Transportation modified a statewide computer system
to process a new graduated driving license program for teens.
* The Department of Tax and Revenue installed a new geographic information
system to more accurately and equitably appraise coal properties for tax
* The Division of Tourism created an information system to provide tourists
with personalized responses on events, activities, lodging, dining and shopping
in a central database.
* The Department of Education and the Arts developed a mobile rehabilitation
technology unit to help people with disabilities.