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I wanted to make sure you saw the press release below from the Center for Digital Government on their 2014 Digital States Survey. Virginia is one of 8 states to receive an “A”grade for how government uses technology to better serve citizens and streamline services. Speaking at today’s Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium, Governor McAuliffe reiterated his commitment to a modern and innovative government, saying:
“Building a new Virginia economy means building a modern and innovative government that supports growth at the speed of business. Virginia’s A ranking in the 2014 Digital States Survey is an accomplishment for the men and women of state government, and I am eager to continue our work using new technologies to earn an A+ for how this Commonwealth serves its residents, localities and businesses.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2014 Digital States Survey Reveals Top Technology States
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – September 3, 2014 – In its comprehensive 2014 Digital States Survey, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government evaluated the digital technology practices of all 50 states, assigning each state a grade based on quantifiable results in better serving citizens and streamlining operations.
Overall, since the last biennial survey in 2012, grades improved in 21 states, declined in 12 and stayed even in 17. Eight states earned top grades, with Connecticut, Georgia, Missouri and Virginia moving up to A designations and Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah maintaining their A marks from 2012. Connecticut, rising from a C to A- and Idaho, from a D to a B, were the most improved states.
The survey evaluated states based on a set of criteria that included actions supporting state priorities and policies to improve operations or services, hard- and soft-dollar savings/benefits, progress since the last survey, innovative solutions, and effective collaboration. Those states receiving high marks demonstrated results across all criteria.
“Grades improved in 21 states, an indication that smart technology investments made by state government leaders during some very difficult financial times are paying off,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “In states that performed the best, leaders invested in analytics and business intelligence systems to help them make smarter decisions. They also deployed citizen self-service applications that eased the impact of agency staff cuts.”
The states will be recognized at an awards ceremony on September 28th in Nashville.
To see the full list of state grades visit http://www.govtech.com/cdg/
To see the State of the Digital States infographic go to www.govtech.com/state/State-
The Center thanks Deloitte, EMC, NIC, Symantec and Verizon for underwriting the survey and for their support of states nationwide.
About the Center for Digital Government
The Center for Digital Government is a government research and advisory instituteon information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. See http://www.centerdigitalgov.
The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education. Seehttp://www.erepublic.com