Two technology projects from Georgia state agencies have been named finalists in the 2019 State IT Recognition Awards sponsored by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The projects will be honored on October 15 at the organization’s annual conference.

The Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta is a finalist in the category of Cross-boundary Collaboration and Partnerships. The center, which opened in July 2018, is demonstrating impressive results in its mission to create an ecosystem where the combined talents of government, academia, and private industry delivers affordable and relevant training and education, develops the state’s cybersecurity workforce, solves complex cybersecurity challenges, and offers unbiased advice to policymakers to provide Georgia and the nation with a decisive advantage in cyberspace.

Thousands of students and workers from local, state, and federal agencies have attended classes or participated in specialized training at the Cyber Center since its opening. Many others have attended cybersecurity-related events, including meetings, conferences, hackathons, and capture-the-flag competitions. In addition, several leading technology companies have set up offices at the center.

The Department of Agriculture is also a finalist in the category of Information Communications Technology Innovations for a mobile app it developed to help state inspectors ensure the safety of Georgia’s food supply. The Mobile Field Data Collection app uses Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and replaces paper forms with electronic surveys that are accessible on mobile devices and prefilled with data about the facility under inspection, including grocery stores and food-processing facilities.

Georgia has an impressive record of projects named as finalists and first-place honorees in NASCIO's awards program. The Department of Human Services received a first-place award in 2017 for the Child Support Services Mobile App, which allows non-custodial parents to make child support payments on their mobile phones. In addition, technology projects from the departments of Revenue and Transportation were named finalists in the 2017 awards program.

First-place awards were presented to GTA in 2016 for its Web Accessibility Initiative and to the University System of Georgia (USG) in 2014 for its integrated learning platform. USG was named a finalist in 2013 for an online information repository, and the State Roads and Tollway Authority was named a finalist in 2012 for its I-85 Express Lanes.

NASCIO is the nation's leading resource for state CIOs and a prominent advocate for technology policy at all government levels. Learn more about NASCIO and its awards program at www.nascio.org.