SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 5, 2013) - In their 12th year, the Center for Digital Government's 2013 Best of Texas Awards were announced last night at e.Republic's Government Technology Conference Southwest held in Austin, Texas.

The state of Texas is using technology in exciting ways! Here are a few highlights from this year's award recipients:

  • Texas' Department of Transportation uses a Web-based application called Crash Reporting and Analysis for Safer Highways (CRASH) to enter accident information electronically -- reducing reporting time, costs and improving resource allocation.

  • Bexar County developed eTruancy, a Web-based electronic filing portal that allows schools to file juvenile truancy cases online directly with the county.

  • Rodeo Austin launched a new feature called SCORE IT! within their mobile application to engage fans by allowing them to score the rides, guess run times and receive prizes in seven rodeo events.

"We are honored to present this year's Best of Texas Awards to these outstanding recipients," said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "The individuals and groups committed to improving government interactions with citizens deserve high recognition and praise. It is their innovation and dedication to engage citizens that constantly improves the communities of the great state of Texas. Congratulations!"

The Center for Digital Government's Best of Texas Awards program recognizes public sector professionals and local government organizations for their dedication and contributions to advance information technology in Texas. Winners are selected based on a number of criteria, including collaboration among agencies, innovative use of technology, economic benefits and bettering public services and business processes.

2013 Award Recipients:

Demonstrated Leadership in Management of Information Technology
Stephen Elkins, Chief Information Officer
City of Austin

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Management
Thomas Konzel, IT Supervisor - GIS
City of Arlington

Best Application Serving the Public

  • Candidate Campaign Finance Reports Online Search, Bexar County
  • Crash Reporting and Analysis for Safer Highways (CRASH),

Texas Department of Transportation

Best Application Serving an Agency's Business Needs

  • Electronic Content Management (ECM), Texas Workforce Commission
  • eTruancy Portal, Bexar County

The Green IT Award

  • Efficiency by Design Phase II - Campus Data Centers, Lone Star College System

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations

  • NCTCOG Emissions Database, North Central Texas Council of Governments

Best In-House Developed Application

  • Event Services Work Order Mobile Application - Austin Convention Center, City of Austin

Best Mobile/Wireless Project

  • myInspections Building Inspector Companion, City of Dallas
  •  SCORE IT!, Rodeo Austin

Most Innovative Use of Social Media

  • Inside APD TV, City of Arlington Police Department

Additionally, 15 Outstanding IT Service and Support Awards were presented to those dedicated to Texas public service. For these awardees, visit


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

The Center for Digital Government is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation. See