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Arkansas State Government Offices Honored with 2019 Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Awards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Ceremony highlighted the transformative impact of 21 state government technology projects

Winners of the third annual Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Awards were recognized Friday, September 6 during a ceremony and banquet held in their honor at the DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown Little Rock. This annual event hosted by the Information Network of Arkansas (INA) recognizes the achievements of Arkansas government offices that have used technology to drive innovation and make positive, measurable change in the state.

More than 125 state government leaders and public servants attended the event to accept honors.

INA opened the awards program for nominations from all state government offices in June. More than twenty state government projects were submitted, and nominations were evaluated by the INA Board, the Secretary of State, the Division of Information Systems director, the Secretary of Transformation and Shared Services, and Governor Asa Hutchinson. These individuals chose the winners and finalists in each category and presented them with awards at the event.

“I’m proud of our state and local leaders for embracing technology and transforming the way they conduct business and serve Arkansans,” said Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. “This year’s nominees continue to impress by their innovative ideas, creativity, and determination to make their agencies more efficient and responsive. The lives of Arkansans are easier because of these award-winning initiatives that make government more accessible.”

The 2019 Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Award winners in each category include:

Business Service Award - Recognizes government offices that have used technology to provide improved service to businesses.

  • Finalist - Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality: Tire Accountability Program (TAP) Electronic Manifest App
  • Winner - Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing: Total Agency Transformation Program

Citizen Service Award - Recognizes government offices that have used technology to provide improved service to citizens.

  • Finalist - Arkansas Community Correction: The Good Grid
  • Winner - Arkansas Department of Transformation and Shared Services, Division of Information Systems: Arkansas State Network Broadband Ethernet Upgrade

Efficiency Award - Recognizes government offices that have used technology to drive down costs or make more efficient use of agency resources.

  • Finalist - Arkansas Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Office: Municipal Boundary and Annexation Program
  • Winner - Arkansas Senate: Live Streaming of all Arkansas Senate Chamber proceedings and Senate Committee Meetings

Digital Pioneer Award - Recognizes government offices that have used the latest technologies to drive innovation and positive change.

  • Finalist - Arkansas State Police: Driver’s Practice Exam Mobile App, Website, and Alexa, Google Home Voice App
  • Winner - Arkansas Drug Director’s Office: NARCANsas Mobile App

Lawmaker Award - Recognizes legislators who have paved the way for government transformation.

  • Winner - Representative Andy Davis: Transformation Legislation Act 910
  • Winner - Senator Bart Hester: Transformation Legislation Act 910

Governor’s Digital Transformation Award - Recognizes government offices that have used technology to make the greatest impact on Arkansans, whether through improved service, lowered costs, or new service channels.

  • Finalist - Arkansas Department of Human Services: Peer Recovery Program
  • Winner - Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA): MyDMV.arkansas.gov Website and Marketing Campaign

The Arkansas Digital Government Transformation Awards are sponsored by the Arkansas Information Consortium (AIC), an NIC, Inc. company, in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas Board, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, the Division of Information Systems, and the Arkansas Office of Transformation.

About Information Network of Arkansas

The Information Network of Arkansas (INA) is a public-private partnership between the state of Arkansas and the Arkansas Information Consortium (AIC) that helps state government entities Web-enable their information and services. Little Rock-based AIC is celebrating its 22nd year as the state’s official digital government services partner, and is part of digital government firm NIC's (EGOV) family of companies. A local tech employer, AIC was named the 2018 “Best Place to Work in Arkansas” by Arkansas Business. INA operates Arkansas.gov, the official website of the state of Arkansas, which offers more than 850 state and local online services.

About NIC

NIC Inc. (EGOV) launched the digital government industry in 1992, and continues to lead it, providing a secure payment engine and thousands of digital government solutions across a network of more than 6,000 federal, state, and local government agencies. In addition, NIC is a leading provider of outdoor recreation solutions, with 1 out of 6 hunting and fishing licenses in the United States sold using an NIC service. The Company created the nation’s first personal assistant for government and comprehensive mobile platform, Gov2Go®, as well as the innovative, data-driven prescription drug monitoring platform, RxGov®. More information is available at www.egov.com.

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