Shared and Regional Services Are on the Rise The Great Recession forces government IT leaders to take another look at shared services and contracting. Texas Rolls Out TIERS Eligibility System After 8-Year Transition Texas’ food stamp, Medicaid, employment training and other systems up and running statewide after an eight-year stall. Governments Retrofit Buildings to Save Money and Energy California DMV expects to boost energy efficiency by 50 percent by retrofitting headquarters. Gov 2020 What Would You Do With $100 Million? Contest challenges students to imagine how the federal government could best use $100 million. Products New Products From Motorola, Just Think Design, Velocity Micro Rugged smartphone, tablet stylus, workstation Public Safety More 911 Call Systems Update to VoIP VoIP technology brings portability and cost savings to 911 call centers, making it the top choice for system replacement. Webcams Connect TB Patients to Public Clinic for Treatment Compliance With one of the highest infection rates of tuberculosis in the country, King County, Wash., is enlisting technology to ensure that patients take their medication. Point of View Resolution: Make Govtech.com an Online Community Our goal in 2012 is to help government collaborate and exchange ideas. Innovation ‘Drive-By’ Thermal Imaging Quantifies Energy Loss Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers develop mobile scanning process that identifies savings from correcting heat loss in buildings. Desert Regions Reap the Benefits of Solar Energy Solar power facilities built in the deserts of Arizona and Southern California hope to add jobs and clean energy. Case Studies Minnesota Cities Identify Sustainable Practices With GreenStep Cities Program The Minnesota GreenStep Cities program helps municipalities become more ecologically aware. Indiana Saves Millions on Do-It-Yourself Application Rebuild Faced with modernizing a vital project management system, the Indiana Department of Transportation leaned heavily on existing staff. Florida Permitting System Comes Out of Shell Thanks to Tortoise Florida developed a permitting system to help protect gopher tortoises — and ended up stopping siloed applications. Four Questions Minnesota County Uses Redesigned Website to Involve Citizens Stearns County encourages interaction and feedback from residents.