StateScoop’s parent company Scoop News Group announced the winners of the 2021 StateScoop 50 Awards on Wednesday.
Now in their eighth year, the StateScoop 50 Awards recognize the most innovative and influential state government projects and those passionate and motivated to advance the use of digital technology in state agencies. . The 2021 edition of the awards has been handed out virtually for the second year, as the government IT community continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
After nominations opened in February, members of the state and local IT community nominated thousands of leaders and projects for the awards. StateScoop narrowed the list to the 180 finalists who received the most nominations, and readers cast more than 3 million votes to select the winners.
“For the eighth year, my team and I are honored and thrilled to recognize these top leaders in our community,” said Goldy Kamali, Founder and CEO of Scoop News Group. “This year more than ever, each of these leaders went above and beyond. StateScoop readers have chosen well. These awards honor the best leaders in the state’s government community who continue to improve government. “
This year’s winners cover 20 states and eight private sector companies. Colorado, Illinois, Michigan and North Carolina had the most winners, with four each. The winners include C-level information technology leaders, as well as promising leaders from the state government community.
“As we begin to emerge from one of the most difficult times for government – and especially for government IT – the resilience and strength of these leaders is particularly poignant this year,” said Jake Williams , vice-present for content and community at StateScoop and EdScoop. “This year’s StateScoop 50 Awards honor the people and projects responsible for resolving residents’ crisis and highlight how these efforts are shaping a bright future for digital government. “
As part of the virtual announcement, the winners will be featured in a series of question-and-answer interviews that will be posted on StateScoop in the coming days.