February 1, 2012 Sponsored by Google
In this case study, learn about cloud-based collaboration tools, Google Apps for Government, and their unexpected benefits for the 10,000-member workforce of the state of Wyoming.
A study released in December 2011 by 24/7 Wall Street, a Delaware-based Internet financial news and opinion company, ranks how well states are managed based on a substantial collection of data. Performance indicators include financial health, debt per capita, credit rating, population without health insurance, unemployment, crime rate and educational options. Entitled “Best and Worst Run States in America — An Analysis of All 50,” the state of Wyoming holds the coveted distinction of the best-run U.S. state.
This particular accolade probably doesn’t surprise many Wyomingites. The Pioneer State boasts an impressive list of firsts: first state granting women the right to vote (1870), first state with a county library system (1886) and home of the first National Park (Yellowstone) established by Congress in 1872.
Wyoming CIO Flint Waters explains that the state holds itself to a higher standard relative to technology, as well. “We don’t measure ourselves based on what other states are doing. That’s not a high enough standard. We measure ourselves against other corporations, and that requires strong executive leadership.”