The Center for Digital Government honored selected public agencies and educational institutions and leaders for their outstanding information technology (IT) innovations and contributions at the 2008 Best of Texas awards ceremony held in Austin on October 14.

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 among agencies, innovative use of technology and improvement of services and business processes for citizens and state and local government employees.

Best of Texas Awards – 2008 Winners


Visionary Award

Victor Gonzalez, Director of Innovation and Chief Technology Officer, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Leadership in Management of Information Technology

Kenneth Pierce, Chief Information Officer, The University of Texas at El Paso

Excellence in Project Delivery

Tim Howell, IT Analyst, City of Hutto

Excellence in IT Operations, Support and Service

Cobey Fletcher, Systems Analyst, Office of the Governor


Best Technology Solution Optimizing Business Operations

Enhancing Public Access – “Clicks and Mortar” Approach, City of Arlington, Police Department

Fiber-Optic Institutional Network through Franchise Negotiations, Town of Flower Mound

Mobile Data Computer Project, Austin Communications & Technology Management

Traffic Safety eGrants Project, Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Operations Division

Best Technology Solution Serving the Public

“Where the Money Goes - Enter Business Intelligence”, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Best Collaborative Project Across Multiple Jurisdictions

Educator and School-Worker Fingerprinting and Background Checking, Texas Education Agency

Excellence in Technology Promoting Economic Development

Business Solutions Center, City of Austin Small Business Development Program

Creative Approach to Workforce Development Strategies

Information Technology Training for Workforce Development, Palo Alto College

The Green IT Award

FleetGreen, Garland, Texas, Water Utilities

Best Sustainable Value

TexasOnline - Official eGovernment Web site for Texas

Most Innovative Use of Technology

Economic Development Using Physical Hyperlinks, City of Manor