Oklahoma City won an award in Public Technology Inc.'s 1997 Solutions/Technology Achievement Awards competition for moving its accounting services division completely online. Weekly reports of city and trust funds are now done on CD-ROM. The division electronically reconciles its payroll with city budgets and electronically produces their comprehensive annual report.


The Dept. of Consumer and Business Services Internet Project won a recognition award from the National Association of State Information Resource Executives. The project allows consumers, workers, and businesses to search databases, obtain decision support capabilities, submit forms, order publications, renew licenses, etc.


The Dept. of Environmental Protection has expanded its Web site to include a feature that allows anyone to go along with DEP staff to inspect a landfill, a resource recovery facility or a surface coal mine. The site can be found at .

Rhode Island

The Police Dept. was awarded a $392,000 federal grant, which will enable the expansion of its community policing program. Some of the money will be used to buy an automated fingerprinting system.

South Carolina

The Dept. of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and the Governor's Office kicked off a new Web site at

scprevents.org/> to complement a new campaign to fight drug abuse.

South Dakota

Gov. William J. Janklow approved $2.3 million for the state's Wiring the Schools project. The money will help nine crews working six days a week to finish wiring all of the state's schools within the next 18 months.


The Nashville city council approved a $1 billion operating budget that includes the addition of four public safety dispatchers and an 800MHz trunked radio system to help fight crime.


The Dept. of Protective and Regulatory Services launched a Internet-accessible searchable database containing all the licensed and registered childcare facilities in the state. Texas parents will be able to search the database for state-regulated childcare in their neighborhood.


Gov. Mike Leavitt issued the state's first digital signature certificate during a November ceremony. Leavitt then officially authorized Digital Signature Trust Company as the first digital signature Certification Authority licensed by the Dept. of Commerce to do business in Utah.


In December, state legislators took a first look at a new plan for funding and governing technical education by the Dept. of Education. The proposal outlines state management of technical education, including teachers' salaries and benefits, facilities and program standards.


The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships presented the commonwealth with its 1997 Public-Private Partnership award, citing the success of the state's Hampton and Chesapeake child support enforcement offices operated by Lockheed Martin IMS.


Clark County completed implementation of its $13.3 million Motorola 800MHz trunked radio system, which links the sheriff, fire department and emergency medical agencies with voice and data. Dispatch Monthly.

West Virginia

Gov. Cecil H. Underwood and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Samuel Tully signed a memorandum of understanding that encourages the transfer of technology between an Idaho research center and a West Virginia manufacturing consortium.


Gov. Tommy G. Thompson announced that the state's Enterprise Document Automation project, a program designed to improve the efficiency of information technology operations, was selected by Xplor International to receive its "Innovator of the Year" award.


Survey data collected by Market Data Retrieval on 55,000 public schools nationwide found that Alaska has one of the highest numbers of "high-tech schools." High-tech schools have Internet access, a computer network system, and a better-than-average ratio of students to computers. Edupage News Service.

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