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City of Charlotte Honored for Technology Initiatives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 3, 2011

Contact: Keith Richardson
704-336-5865 or kmrichardson@charlottenc.gov


The City of Charlotte recently received national praise for its technology initiatives. First, two mobile applications developed by the City were recognized by a national organization that assists cities and counties in developing technology solutions. And recently, InformationWeek Government named Jeff Stovall, the City’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), to a list of top government chief information officers in the country.

The Public Technology Institute awarded Charlotte the Technology Solution Award for “My Charlotte,” a smartphone application that provides users access to CharMeck 311, transit and airport services, and for “Virtual Charlotte,” a mobile application that provides access to the City's GIS map services and data such as zoning and inspection cases. The Technology Solution Awards recognize technology initiatives that solve problems, reduce costs, and improve services and internal operations.

Also recently, InformationWeek Government listed Jeff Stovall among a list of top 50 government CIOs in the nation. The magazine recognized executives who are driving higher levels of performance into government IT operations. InformationWeek Government is a subdivision of InformationWeek, a leading industry magazine for technology professionals.
 
“I am honored by my presence on the top 50 list, but I am especially pleased by the awards bestowed on our ‘My Charlotte’ and ‘Virtual Charlotte’ applications,” Stovall said. “First, they were collaborative efforts involving many dedicated individuals within our organization, and also this recognition -- along with the great public feedback we’ve received on these initiatives -- give our work tremendous validation and are a source of encouragement for us to develop more and better projects to serve the citizens of Charlotte.”
 
The City released the “My Charlotte” smartphone application in October 2010. Currently, it is available only on the iPhone, but will be available on other platforms in the coming weeks. “Virtual Charlotte,” which was released in November 2010, is available on all smartphone platforms.

These recognitions rank among a number of accolades the City’s technology program has received recently.  In November 2010, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program ranked Charlotte among the top cities with populations of 250,000 or more that use technology to better serve its residents.