NASCIO Announces Finalists for 2023 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky., Tuesday, September 12, 2023 —The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has selected 31 finalists across 10 categories for the State IT Recognition Awards. Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states and territories were eligible for nomination. Over 80 NASCIO members served as volunteer judges to review the nearly 100 submissions, narrowing the nominees down to three finalists in each category (with exceptions for ties). From these finalists, a recipient from each category will be announced during the NASCIO Annual Conference in October.  

The award nominations showcase the use of information technology to address critical business problems, more easily connect citizens to their government, improve business processes and create new opportunities that improve the lives of citizens. To ensure states have access to the innovations and leading practices of their peers, all award submissions have been added to NASCIO’s Awards Library. 


Award finalists for the 2023 State IT Recognition Awards are:

Business Process Innovations 

State of Michigan: Michigan All in for the User, Our HCD Strategy 

State of Ohio: Paper is Dead, Long Live Digital Transformation! 

State of Tennessee: One DHS Omnichannel Customer Support 


Cross-Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships 

State of Ohio: A Focus on Human-Centered Design 

State of North Carolina: NC eLink: Completing the Picture to Improve Constituent Services 

State of Texas: Boots on the Ground: Texas Regional Security Operations Center Pilot Project 



State of Hawai’i: Surfing the Cyber Risk Monster Wave 

State of Illinois: The Zero Trust League Superheroes of Cybersecurity 

State of Minnesota: Expanded Cybersecurity Protections to Counties, Cities, and Tribal Nations 


Data Management, Analytics & Visualization 

State of California: All-Hazards Dashboard 

State of Michigan: Peak Performance Unleashed: Harnessing Metrics for Success 

State of Minnesota: Empowering Communities through Transparency and Crime Data 


Digital Services: Government to Business 

State of Minnesota: Farmlink: Facilitating Connections to Keep Minnesota Farms Thriving 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: PA Preferred Program Solution 

State of Tennessee: Transforming Agriculture Licensing & Permitting: Milking Enterprise Innovation for Streamlined Processes 


Digital Services: Government to Citizen 

State of Minnesota: Delivering Swift Relief to Minnesota’s COVID-19 Frontline Workers 

State of Ohio: Streamlining Access to Child Care Benefits  

State of Tennessee: MyTN: Placing Government in the Palms of Citizen Hands 


Emerging & Innovative Technologies  

State Colorado: myColorado Chatbot: Get Answers Your Way 

State of Michigan: Michigan Automated Incident Detection 

State of Minnesota: Digital Bridges: The Future is Here 

State of Ohio: Keeping Ohioans Connected 


Enterprise IT Management Initiatives 

State of California: Technology for Incarcerated Population 

State of Indiana: SEAL: Continuing to Hire the Next IT Professionals 

State of Tennessee: Harnessing the Power of Process Automation for Tennessee 


Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations  

State of Florida: From Zero to Real-Time in 4 Days: Real-Time Messaging to Transform Emergency Response, Cybersecurity and More 

State of Minnesota: The App that Connects Job Seekers with Services They Need 

State of North Carolina: ATSC 3.0 in Public Safety Communications 


State CIO Office Special Recognition 

State of Minnesota: How AI Enhances Driver and Vehicle Services for Minnesota Residents 

State of North Carolina: NC OneMap: a Unified Open Data Platform Closing the Digital Divide  

State of Tennessee: Empowering the Future: Tennessee Explores IT Workforce Professional Development Initiatives 



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Meredith Ward
Deputy Executive Director
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
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