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"Best Fit Integrator" Awards Recognize Spirit of Public Service

Center for Digital Government event highlights private-sector contributions to government modernization.

Top technology companies in the state and local government market gathered in Jackson Hole, Wy., for the Center for Digital Government’s seventh annual Industry Summit. The event kicked off Sunday, August 4, at the Snow King Resort with a reception and dinner honoring IT integrators that were nominated for “Best Fit Integrator” awards by their government clients.

The awards recognize companies and individuals that have dedicated themselves to government modernization and exemplify the spirit of public service. The Center for Digital Government honored 10 companies for their work on government IT projects, ranging from secure online payment portals, to financial systems upgrades, to electronic court case libraries.

Among the honorees was Deloitte Consulting, which received a Best Fit Integrator Award for modernizing servers for the Colorado Benefits Management System. The system determines eligibility for Medicaid, food assistance, cash assistance, children’s healthcare and case management for 700,000 clients and processes payments of more than $60 million per month.

Yo Yoshida, founder and CEO of Appallicious, accepted an Exemplary Leadership Award for his work with open data initiatives in San Francisco. Yoshida worked with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to revise the city’s open data legislation. His company also created apps that help city residents find parks, playgrounds and museums, and score neighborhoods based on traffic noise, air quality, housing rates and other factors.

Northrop Grumman Corp. was honored for its IT infrastructure partnership with the commonwealth of Virginia. Launched in 2005, the partnership has standardized technology infrastructure in the state and built two new data centers to serve 89 agencies. The company also provides a 24/7 help desk that averages nearly 45,000 contacts per month and a range of statewide private cloud services.

The Industry Summit continued Monday, August 5, with a full day of presentations from state and local government officials.

Editor’s Note: Government Technology and the Center for Digital Government are owned by the same parent company, e.Republic Inc.

Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.
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