Roanoke County Wins a Prestigious Governor’s Technology Award

Last week I had the honor of representing Roanoke County in receiving the Governor’s Technology Award for our newly redesigned website at the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (CoVITS) in Richmond, Virginia. Although I was the only one who stepped up on the stage when they called our name, I was representing the hard work of dozens of employees across nearly every department in the County. The project was truly a team effort in every sense of the word.

(From Left) Virginia Secretary of Technology, Jim Duffey, Me and Sam Nixon, Virginia's Chief Information Officer

The new site was a dramatic improvement over our old site.  In addition to strong visual appeal with clean, soft lines, the new site also infuses the latest trends in technology, including social media integration, full mobile access and dozens of online resources to help our citizens and businesses get online, not inline!

We partnered with CivicPlus to design and development the new site from the ground up. For any localities interested in a site redesign, I highly recommend you talk to Civic Plus.  They had a methodical and effective project management process, but took our ideas into consideration. They came in on time and on budget, despite mid-course changes we threw at them.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your government technology efforts, check out the full list of the 2011 winners for some great ideas and innovation!

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