The Center for Digital Government will be honoring selected public agencies and leaders for their outstanding information technology (IT) innovations and contributions at the 2007 Best of Texas awards. The ceremony will be held in Austin on Oct. 23.

"This year's Best of Texas awards reaffirm what we have known for so long: Texas' governments are among the most innovative in the nation," said Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "2007's winners have proven, yet again, the tremendous leverage that technology can provide to strengthen the good work of government."

The Best of Texas awards program was established to salute IT professionals and local government organizations for their dedication, hard work and contributions in the state of Texas. Winners are selected based on a set of criteria, including collaboration between agencies, innovative use of technology and improvement of services to citizens or state employees.

Best of Texas Awards winners - 2007

LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Visionary Award for State, County and City Government Leaders

Robert Stigers, IS Administrator, Houston Public Works and Engineering Department

Demonstrated Leadership in Advancing Technology to Satisfy Business Objectives

Marcia Brown, Austin 3-1-1 Manager, Austin City-wide Information Center

Demonstrated Excellence in Management of Information Technology

Kelly Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Delivery

Arlethia Dupree, IT Project Manager, City of Fort Worth

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Collaboration

Peter E. Collins, CIO, City of Austin and Chair, Texas Radio Coalition

Demonstrated Excellence in IT Operations, Support and Service

Ken Woods, Director of Information Technology, Anderson County

PROJECT EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Best Technology Solution Serving Organization Business Objectives

From a Legal Pad to a Scanner, Harris County

Work Management and Notification System, City of Garland Water Utilities Department

HoustonONE Project, City of Houston

Best Technology Solution Serving the Public

iCommunities, North Central Texas Council of Governments

Texas Legislature Online, Texas Legislative Council

Best Collaborative Project across Multiple Jurisdictions

Federated Identity Management, University of Texas System

Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan Development, Texas Radio Coalition

Best Sustainable Value

Intelligent Transportation System, City of Arlington

Most Innovative Use of Technology

Kiosk Environment for Community Care Clinics, City of Austin