SOURCE: e.Republic


February 18, 2013 09:00 ET

Five Local Governments Awarded New Technology to Transform Municipal Chambers

Inaugural "Win a Technology Center" Sweepstakes Awards $30,000 in Prizes to the City of Burkburnett, Texas, and Four Runners-Up

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 18, 2013) -  Five local government agencies started the new year in style -- with brand new technology in their meeting rooms. e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program today announced the winners in the inaugural Win a Technology Center for your municipal chambers Sweepstakes, underwritten by CDW Government LLC (CDW-G), a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers. The City of Burkburnett, Texas, won the grand prize, and Adrian, Mich., Prince George County, Va., Crowley, La. and Hayward, Calif., received runner-up prizes.

"The Center for Digital Government is happy to offer this opportunity to these cities to implement innovative technology in their government chambers," said Todd Sander, executive director for the Center for Digital Government. "It's exciting that the cities receiving these new technologies will now be on the cutting edge to help engage and improve service to their citizens."

The Win a Technology Center Sweepstakes was open to all United States counties, cities and other municipal governments, and the Center for Digital Government selected five local government winners at random. The sweepstakes awarded one grand prize technology package valued at more than $20,000 to the City of Burkburnett, Texas. The package includes 25 tablet computers, three wireless access points, tablet cart, interactive whiteboard and stand, interactive vote set, laser printer, conference phone, document camera, and one large-format display with supporting accessories. 

"The Win a Technology Center Sweepstakes is a great opportunity for the City of Burkburnett," said Tim James, city manager. "The new technology will help us increase citizen engagement, streamline information gathering and disseminating processes and improve overall productivity -- we could not be more thrilled."

The Win a Technology Center Sweepstakes also awarded four runner-up prizes worth an estimated combined value of $11,000. The two first runners-up, Adrian, Mich., and Prince George County, Va., received an interactive whiteboard and stand. The second runner-up, Crowley, La., received 10 Lenovo tablet computers. The third runner-up, Hayward, Calif., received one large-format display with attachment.

"We are excited to be a part of the first-ever Win a Technology Center Sweepstakes," said David Hutchins, vice president of state and local government, CDW-G. "The current budget landscape does not always allow local governments to implement the latest technology. That's why we decided to participate in this sweepstakes -- to help streamline government operations and improve constituent engagement with technology governments may not otherwise be able to fund." 

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

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