The Information Network of Arkansas (INA) today announced the winners of the inaugural Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Awards.
The awards recognize the achievements of Arkansas government offices at the state and local levels that have used technology to drive innovation and make positive, measurable changes in the state.
INA opened the awards program for nominations in June from all state and local government offices in the state. More than 20 government offices entered 31 nominations, which were evaluated by the INA Board, the Secretary of State, the Chief Technology Officer, the Department of Information Systems director, the Chief Transformation Officer, and Governor Asa Hutchinson. These individuals chose the winners and finalists in each category and presented the
m at the Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Awards event on Sept. 14 in Little Rock.
More than 175 Arkansas government leaders and employees attended the event to accept honors and celebrate the state’s collective digital government achievements
We’re here tonight to honor the work that you all have done in moving our state forward to bring the best possible service to our citizens and make the best possible use of their valuable tax dollars,” Secretary of State and INA Board Chair Mark Martin said at the awards event. “The work you have done has saved the state millions of dollars, eliminated countless sheets of paper, and multiplied the capacity of our workforce—all while providing better and faster service to citizens.
The 2017 Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Award winners and finalists in each category include:
Citizen Service Award
Recognizes agencies that have used technology to provide improved service to citizens.
Business Service Award
Recognizes agencies who have used technology to provide improved service to businesses.
Digital Pioneer Award
Recognizes agencies that have used the latest technologies to drive innovation and positive change.
Recognizes agencies that have used technology to drive down costs or make more efficient use of agency resources.
Recognizes legislators who have paved the way for government transformation.
Governor’s Digital Transformation Award
Recognizes agencies that have used technology to make the greatest impact on Arkansans, whether through improved service, lowered costs, or new service channels.
In addition to these winners, Governor Hutchinson was presented with the final award of the evening, a surprise Arkansas Transformation Award, for his vision, leadership, and dedication to the computer science initiative. Haley Clemmons and Anna Corbitt, students at Pottsville Middle School and South Arkansas University, presented the award to Hutchinson after their teachers told the stories of how their lives had been positively changed by the computer science classes that were possible through the Governor’s initiative.
The Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Awards program was sponsored by the Arkansas Information Consortium (AIC) in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas Board, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Information Systems, the Office of Transformation, and the Governor’s Office.