SOURCE: e.Republic, Inc.

e.Republic, Inc.

September 28, 2010 08:00 ET

Top Digital States Awarded to Michigan and Utah

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) -  In its comprehensive 2010 Digital States Survey, e.Republic's Center for Digital Government evaluated the digital technology practices of all 50 states. Grades were given based on quantifiable results in better serving citizens and streamlining operations. Overall, only four states received A grades, with Michigan and Utah receiving an A and Pennsylvania and Virginia receiving an A-.

The survey evaluated states across eight broad categories, covering such areas as adaptive leadership and innovation; citizen engagement and open government; and administration and human resource management. Those states which received high marks demonstrated results across all categories.

In addition to every state's individual grade, winners were chosen in each of the eight categories judged. Those winners are:

Adaptive Leadership -- Georgia
Enterprise ICT (Information and Communications Technology) -- Michigan
Public Safety -- Tennessee
Health and Human Services -- Utah
Commerce, Labor and Tax -- Utah
Finance and Administration -- Utah
Energy and Transportation -- Oregon
Citizen Engagement -- California

Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of the Center for Digital Government said, "The results of the Digital States Survey show what happens when states take technology seriously -- you can deliver services, you can reduce costs and you can cope with budget cuts. The survey shows that many states are doing just that, and many others are doing the hard work of getting to that point. Most states are working harder and smarter, producing real results and providing value to the public."

To see the full list of state grades and awards, visit http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/survey/61.
The Center thanks Accenture, EMC, Microsoft, NIC, SAS and Verizon for underwriting the survey and for their support of states nationwide.

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

The Center is a division of eRepublic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.