Local Governments Win Technology Excellence Awards

"Government innovation truly starts at the local level."

by / May 13, 2008

 Photo: Corpus Christi, Texas, a GIS category winner.

Public Technology Institute today announced the recipients of the 2007-2008 Solutions awards, an annual competition rewarding those PTI member local governments that apply technology to improve service delivery, reduce operating costs and create new revenue opportunities. Winners received their awards at the 2008 PTI Technology Leadership Conference, May 6-8, 2008 in Miami. More than 200 government officials and technology industry representatives took part in the conference program.

"Government innovation truly starts at the local level," said Alan Shark, executive director of PTI when presenting the awards. "The scope of the technology programs entered in this year's competition is impressive, and the award winners will serve to inspire other local governments." Winning entries, and those recognized for Significant Achievement are listed below:

Public Safety and Emergency Management


  • Fairfax County, Va. [750,000+ population] All Hazards Special Needs Plan
  • Fort Worth, Texas [350,000-749,999] Firehouse/Maximo Integration Project
  • Fort Wayne, Ind. [100,000-349,999] Rain and River Gauge Reporting System

 Significant Achievement

  • San Diego, Calif. [750,000+] Regional Command and Control Communications (3Cs) Project
  • Minneapolis, Minn. [350,000-749,999] Wireless Minneapolis Aids Recovery After Bridge Disaster



  • Montgomery County, Md. [750,000+ population] Innovative Way of Using Motor Vehicle Records to Address Building Inventory
  • Fort Worth, Texas [350,000-749,999] Street Network Design
  • Corpus Christi, Texas [100,000-349,999] Using a Computerized Work and Asset Management System Interfaced with GIS to Improve Utility Infrastructure and Customer Service

Significant Achievement

  • Miami-Dade County, Fla. [750,000+] Centralized Master Address Repository System
  • Washington, D.C. [350,000-749,999] Public Snow Response Reporting System
  • Scottsdale, Ariz. [100,000-349,999] Integration of GIS with Nature Preserve Planning and Management

Web Services


  • Miami-Dade County, Fla. [750,000+ population] eNet -- Miami-Dade County Employee Web Portal
  • Philadelphia, Penn. [750,000+] Unified Land Records System
  • Seattle, Wash. [350,000-749,999] Seattle.gov Multi-language Portal
  • Fort Wayne, Ind. [100,000-349,999] Dynamic Language Translation
  • North Kingstown, R.I. [1 to 99,999] Providing a Streamlined and Open Government

Significant Achievement

  • Boston, Mass. [350,000-749,999] Notify Boston
  • Washington, D.C. [350,000-749,999] CapStat: Building A City That Works
  • Kansas City/Wyandotte County, Kan. [100,000-349,999] Wyandotte County 3-1-1
  • Raleigh, N.C. [100,000-349,999] Randleigh Farm Wiki
  • Washtenaw County, Mich. [100,000-349,999] Board of Commissioners Webcast Archival Solution
  • Winston-Salem, N.C. [100,000-349,999] MyCityofWS: Bringing Citizens Closer to Government

Telecommunications and Information Technology


  • Phoenix, Ariz. [750,000+ population] Aviation Department Disaster Recovery
  • New York City Housing Authority [750,000+] Broadband Over Powerline in-Building Network
  • Virginia Beach, Va. [350,000-749,999] HIPAA Secure Messaging Application
  • Arlington County, Va. [100,000-349,999] Neighborhood Payment Program

Significant Achievement

  • Phoenix, Ariz. [750,000+] Neighborhood Revitalization Mobile Data Access
  • Fort Worth, Texas [350,000-749,999] Electronic Overtime Approval System
  • Indianapolis, Ind. [350,000-749,999] Election Board Incident Reporting System
  • Kansas City, Mo. [350,000-749,999] 3-1-1 Call Center Implementation



  • Fairfax County, Va. [750,000+ population] Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Fleet Trial
  • Johnson County, Kan. [350,000-749,999] Ozone Reduction Program
  • Santa Monica, Calif. [1 to 99,999] Parking Meter Debit Cards: SantaMoniCard

The full text of the Solutions entries will be published on the PTI website, later this month.