About the Golden GovIT Awards

What are the Golden GOVIT Awards?
The Golden GOVIT Awards recognize government agencies and other public sector institutions that have advanced government technology through collaboration, innovation and service.

How are the awards connected to the Government IT Symposium?
The Government IT Symposium provides a natural forum to feature and celebrate the products, services, systems and solutions that improve government IT services and benefit citizens. Recipients will be announced during the IT Symposium, and all nominees will be honored at an awards reception immediately following. In addition, there will be a dedicated space and scheduled times throughout the Symposium for nominees to discuss their projects/initiatives to attendees.

When and how do we submit nominations?
Nomination submissions will be opened beginning in late spring. Please check back and watch for more informatin to come.

 

Collaboration Award
A joint effort between two or more government agencies, two or more departments within a single agency, or between government agencies and private firms/non-profit organizations that use shared resources to create a new product or program; which resulted in improved service delivery to individuals, families and/or communities.

Service Award
The delivery of digital information and transactional services that makes a difference in the lives of citizens. Nominations should meet these criteria: a strong focus on the end-user’s accessibility and experience, a high level of citizen engagement, incorporation of the technologies used by today’s citizens, and timely, informative content.

Innovation Award
A product, program or service that disrupts the current status quo and meets these three criteria: Novelty: the degree of newness and uniqueness; Impact: the magnitude and scope of improvement to government efficiency and effectiveness; Replicability: the potential for replication in other government agencies or sectors.

Individual Award
An individual who champions and implements innovation, inspires collaboration, is focused on improving service, and demonstrates a personal commitment to advancing the professional and career development of him/herself as well as others in their agency.

About GTS Educational Events

If you are a nonprofit or public sector group looking to create a conference, workshop or educational event with impact, look to GTS. We believe educational events are successful when participants learn and grow and then return to their organizations and communities to make them stronger. We look forward to continuing our work with the broad spectrum of organizations striving to make a difference for the people and communities they serve.

Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central