SOURCE: e.Republic, Inc.

September 17, 2008 06:00 ET

Top Tech-Savvy States in Nation Announced

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - The 10 most tech-savvy states in the nation have been announced by e.Republic's Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute focused on information technology (IT) policies and best practices in state and local government. States with the most advanced use of technology were ranked as a result of the Center's 2008 Digital States Survey, a comprehensive biannual review of digital solutions and best practices among state governments.

State chief information officers and senior executives from across the nation participated in the survey which benchmarks progression in digital government. It covered a wide range of areas from infrastructure to online applications and new Web 2.0 technologies provided to citizens. This year's survey also included a first-in-nation measure of sustainability efforts, especially in the area of green IT.

Top Ten States:

1st Place Utah

2nd Place Michigan

3rd Place Virginia

4th Place Arizona

5th Place California

6th Place Washington

7th Place Kentucky

8th Place South Dakota

9th Place Maryland

10th Place Tennessee (tie)

10th Place Pennsylvania (tie)

Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of the Center, said, "Since our inaugural survey in 1997, we've seen a steady advance in the quality of technology solutions implemented by state governments for their citizens. The bar is constantly being raised by public sector technology leaders creating topnotch services. This year's list represents the very best of many outstanding states."

The exclusive sponsor of this year's survey was Verizon Business.

"We tip our hat to states across the nation that are deploying new technologies and advanced services. As the lines between voice, video and data converge, visionary state leaders are redefining the business of government," said Alex Coleman, group president for Verizon Business government and education markets. "As more and more states are deploying advanced services they are realizing a real benefit for those who live and work in their states."

About the Center for Digital Government

The Center for Digital Government, www.centerdigitalgov.com, is a division of e.Republic, Inc., www.erepublic.com, a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology for the state and local government and education markets.

About Verizon Business

Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), operates the world's most connected public IP network and uses its industry-leading global-network capabilities to offer large-business and government customers an unmatched combination of security, reliability and speed. The company integrates advanced IP communications and information technology (IT) products and services to deliver leading enterprise solutions including managed services, security, mobility, collaboration and professional services. These solutions power innovation and enable the company's customers to do business better. For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.

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