Utah Ranks No. 1 for Digital Government
A newly released national survey ranks Utah first in the nation for its ability to utilize technology in providing services to citizens and transforming government. The Digital States Survey, conducted every two years by the Center for Digital Government, is the most widely recognized and respected study of information technology in the country. Utah has significantly improved its position from an eighth place ranking in 2004 and fourth place ranking in 2006.
"This top ranking is a reflection of our state's innovative and talented leadership that continues to bring Utah to the forefront of providing greater accessibility to government services through technology," Governor Jon Huntsman said. "The unprecedented 'Working 4 Utah' initiative ensures greater accessibility to state government before and after the normal workday hours, and provides an increased awareness of the more than 800 government services online."
The 2008 survey was one of the most competitive in the Digital States' decade-long history according to Paul Taylor, chief strategy officer for the center and a member of the Digital States judging panel. Utah stood out because of its commitment to ensuring that the services it makes available online truly meet the needs of Utah businesses and citizens. This commitment has resulted in a high degree of acceptance by the users of Utah's online services.
"Governor Huntsman has been focused on trying to provide better information technology and better service for our citizens," said Steve Fletcher, Executive Director of Utah's Department of Technology Services. "He is also focused on improving our energy efficiency, so our performance in the 2008 survey is the culmination of a lot of things."
Governor Huntsman will accept the award on behalf of the State of Utah at a time and date to be announced.