The most innovative IT projects in Virginia government were recognized Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the 2010 Governor’s Technology Awards during a ceremony at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS).

The 13th annual Governor’s Technology Awards program “honors outstanding achievements and recognizes innovative technology initiatives in the public sector throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many of the projects previously recognized in Virginia have also received national recognition based on the project merits.”

On behalf of Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey presented the awards to 30 honorees in six categories.

According to the governor’s office, entries were judged by an independent panel of Virginia government executives, including representatives of the state executive branch and independent entities, localities, the Legislature, judiciary and higher education.

The awards program received a record number of entries this year, officials said. Thirteen projects were named as winners and 17 more received honorable mentions.

Full details about the awards program and a complete list of winners with hyperlinks to executive summaries of honored projects are available on the COVITS website.

The award recipients were:

Category: Online, Not In Line

Winners:

Virginia Department of Health, “H1N1 Get One Solution”

Chesterfield County, “Citizen GIS”

Honorable mentions:

City of Danville, “A Digital Community”

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, “ARRA Rebate Application”         

Virginia Department of Transportation, “511 Traffic Information via Twitter”

Supreme Court of Virginia, “Officer of the Court Remote Access”

Category: Cross-Boundary Collaboration

Winner:

Cities and counties of Alexandria, Fairfax and Arlington, “CAD2CAD Exchange”

Honorable mentions:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police, “Traffic Records Electronic Data System”

City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico and Chesterfield, “Richmond Region Traffic Information and Mapping”

Category: IT as Efficiency Driver

Winners:

Virginia Department of Corrections, “VirginiaCORIS”

Virginia Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, “Laboratory Information Management System”

City of Williamsburg, “Performance Management System”

Honorable mentions:

Chesterfield County, “Jail Management System”

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, “Web-based Video Intake”

Virginia Department of Social Services, “$4 KIDS”

Category: Innovation in Local Government

Winners:

City of Hampton, “Technology Enabled Civic Engagement”

City of Virginia Beach, “Emergency Medical Services Electronic Medical Records”     

City of Staunton, “Virtualized Public Access Workstations”

Honorable mentions:

County of Chesterfield, “Chesterfield.gov portal redesign”

County of Fairfax, “Virtual Fairfax -- 3D”

City of Richmond, “CommonCents”

County of Washington, “Citizens Emergency Alert System”

Category: Innovation in K-12 Education

Winners:

County of Albemarle, “Instructional Management and Performance System”

Virginia Department of Education, “Share the Skies”

Honorable mentions:

City of Chesapeake, “Using Technology to Promote Excellence”

James Madison University and Virginia high schools, “The Geospatial Semester”

City of Colonial Heights, “Building a Fiber Optic Gigabit Wide Area Network”

Category: Innovation in Higher Education

Winners:

Longwood University, “Collaborative Learning Opportunities”

Tidewater Community College, “Human Patient Simulators”

Honorable mentions:

Radford University, Virginia Tech, and New River Community College, “New River Valley Multimedia Services Access Point”