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2021 Best of Utah Award Winners

At the Utah Digital Government Summit in June, the CIO named the 2021 Best of Utah Award winners. Watch the presentation here. Congratulations!

Overall Award / Visionary Award

  Utah Coronavirus Task Force
  (Governor Spencer Cox, Rich Saunders, Joe Dougherty, John Angus, Dr. Angela Dunn)
“The Utah Coronavirus Task Force, headed by then Lieutenant Governor Cox, Rich Saunders, Dr. Joseph Miner, Commissioner Jess Anderson, Dr. Angela Dunn, and others was faced with a Herculean task when the global COVID19 pandemic hit Utah in March 2020. The responded quickly and effectively utilizing many different technologies, including advanced analytics, website development, social media campaigns, digital services, and mobile applications to minimize the impact of the virus in the state while maintaining economic stability. Kudos to John Angus, George McEwan, Navina Forsythe, Joseph Sharp, Joe Dougherty, and many others for their service to the state during this trying time.
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Best Use of Social Media

  Forestry, Fire, and State Lands for Wildfire Wednesday
  Kait Webb, Jason Curry
Every Wednesday during the 2020 fire season, Kait Webb delivered regular updates across social media channels to keep the public informed of the impacts of the worst fire season on record. Keeping the public up-to-date help firefighters complete their work more effectively. Kate’s use of digital video and social media marketing was profession and a valuable service.
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Best Emerging Technology

  UDOT Digital Delivery Program
UDOT is transforming the way projects are managed and delivered, offering new ways
to view, understand, and use the project design in the field. Data is compiled digitally from each stage in the lifecycle of the project, reducing the need for paper, capturing as-built information, and aiding decision making by downstream users. This project incorporates many new technologies such as digital twins, and artificial intelligence to produce results for Utah’s transportation system. Thanks to Scott Jones and the entire team at UDOT’s Data, Technology, and Analytics Division for their contributions and innovation.
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Best Partnership

  Utah Computer Science Education Master Plan
The partners in the Utah Computer Science Education Master Plan are working together to help give every student access to robust computer science education by 2022. The Talent Ready Utah Board, consisting of representatives from the Utah State Board of Education, State Legislature, Governor’s office, Business and Industry, Workforce services and Technical colleges, approved the Utah Computer Science Master Plan in 2019 and it is now making a difference in the lives of Utah students. Special thanks to Susan Bonilla and Dr. Biswajit Paul for their roles in helping to author the plan.
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Best Use of GIS

  Utah Community Development Office –
In November 2020, the Utah Community Development Office in the Department of Workforce Services rolled out a guidebook and website to provide small town leaders, planners, and managers with a basic understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and how GIS technology can support planning and municipal management activities. Their efforts are designed to help leaders throughout the state better use this important technology. Thank you Jonathan Hardy for the efforts of your team to create this great new resource.
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Best Use of Data

  Transforming Social Services in Utah / Utah Blueprint
  Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, Dept. of Human Services, etc.
The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) and the state’s social services agencies are on a mission to transform social services programs. Together, they developed a Blueprint Solution for getting significant improvements for customers, employees and taxpayers.
Transformations to programs include both sweeping business process changes as well as supporting technology changes. Rachel Stone spearheaded a cross agency team with valuable support from DTS, Human Services, Corrections, and the Department of Workforce Services.

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