NASCIO Honors Exceptional Contributions in State Government

AUSTIN, Tex., Tuesday, October 3 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) presented the State Technology Innovator Award to three deserving public servants during the 2017 NASCIO Annual Conference in Austin.

The NASCIO State Technology Innovator Award honors outstanding individuals who have made contributions to advance state technology policy through the promotion of best practices, adoption of new technologies and advancements in service delivery. Nominees must be an employee, elected official, appointed official or other appointee representing state government. Nominations were gathered from NASCIO members as well as non-members. The following are the recipients of the 2017 NASCIO State Technology Innovator Award:

Derek Bridges, Program Administrator for the Ohio Administration Knowledge System
Bridges has overseen OAKS, an enterprise-wide data sharing and visualization platform that has vast possibilities for insights into public policy impacts, outcomes and government efficiencies. OAKS is changing the way Ohio does business and Bridges has been instrumental in its success.

Carrie Mayne, Chief Economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services
In the past year, Mayne has overseen the production of a comprehensive decision support and data-rich economy dashboard. Training her team to effectively leverage vast amounts of cross-agency data has provided unique and valuable insights into the Utah economy. Mayne ensure these important tools are well utilized, sharing her work through social media and contributing to the state’s open data portal, providing a monthly livestream on the state’s economy.

Dr. Steve Nichols, Chief Technology Officer, State of Georgia
As CTO for Georgia, Nichols advises leadership of the Georgia Technology Authority and other state agencies on critical technology issues. He has played a key role in numerous initiatives to modernize the state’s IT infrastructure and has served on national boards responsible for developing and recommending technology policies and practices. Nichols is also responsible for Georgia’s web portal and the state’s enterprise web publishing platform, which has received recognition from NASCIO awards in past years.