Kentucky Ranks 7th in 2008 Digital States Survey
Ranking marks the second consecutive time Kentucky has been among the top 10
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky has been recognized as the seventh most tech-savvy state government in the nation, according to the Center for Digital Government’s (CDG) 2008 Digital States Survey.
The biennial survey, which is in its eighth year of publication, is the original and only continuous survey of state governments’ use of information technology. This year marks Kentucky’s highest ranking in the survey and its second consecutive appearance in the top 10.
The last time the prestigious survey was published in 2006, Kentucky finished in eighth position. Prior to that, Kentucky was ranked 12th in 2004 and 24th in 2002.
The survey covers a wide range of topics from technology 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.
Kentucky's seventh place ranking in the survey followed Utah, Michigan, Virginia, Arizona, California and Washington. South Dakota and Maryland followed Kentucky in eighth and ninth position, with Tennessee and Pennsylvania tied for tenth.
"Kentucky's outstanding position in this national survey is something that both citizens and government employees can be proud of," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "It's also a timely reminder that many government services are available online. During these times of rising gas prices, we will continue to emphasize e-government as a way to help citizens avoid unnecessary trips to government offices."
"Technology and innovative government services go hand in hand," said Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller. "I'm proud of our technology accomplishments and the work of our Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT). They are working diligently to see that Kentucky citizens have hundreds of electronic government services available to them 24 hours a day with just a click of a mouse."
"We're very appreciative of the national recognition that this ranking brings to the Commonwealth of Kentucky," said Finance and Administration Cabinet Deputy Secretary Lori Flanery, who is also the acting commissioner of COT. "Our goal is to provide convenient, innovative and cost-effective government services for the citizens of Kentucky, and this award is proof we're doing just that."
Kentucky is one of only three states in the nation to be ranked in the top 10 in both the Digital States Survey and the recently released Brookings Institution e-government Study. The only other states to achieve this honor were California and Tennessee.
Sec. Miller also praised the efforts of Kentucky Interactive, LLC for its work in supporting the commonwealth's e-government initiatives. Kentucky Interactive, LLC, is the commonwealth's strategic partner responsible for developing, hosting, managing and marketing the official Kentucky.gov Web portal and e-government solutions using a self-funding model.
The Kentucky.gov portal provides a large number of interactive e-government services and over one million pages of electronic information without the use of appropriated tax dollars.
For more information about the Digital States Survey, visit Center for Digital Government's Web site: http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/story.php?id=107861.