Announcing the 2021 LocalSmart Awards winners

StateScoop on Wednesday announced the winners of the third annual LocalSmart Awards, a program that highlights the inspirational people and projects making city, county and municipal governments better.

Nominations for the 2021 LocalSmart Awards were submitted by StateScoop readers, who made more than 250 nominations across the five categories. Nominees were required to be current employees and recent projects in city, county or other municipal governments.

The StateScoop team then culled the nominations to 100 people and projects across the community. Readers cast more than 1 million votes between Sept. 6 and Oct. 14, nearly triple the 2020 total. The 40 winners, highlighted below, received the most community votes in their categories.

The awards, launched in 2019, have recognized more than 100 people and projects since their inception.

The 2021 winners will be highlighted in a series of interviews in the coming weeks.

The winners are:

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Kate Bender

Kate Bender

GoldenGov: City Executive of the Year

Kate Bender is the chief analytics officer of Kansas City, Missouri. Previously, Bender served as a deputy performance officer with DataKC, a division of the city manager’s office, where she focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of city services through data-driven decision making. Bender helped form the DataKC office in 2009.

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Collin Boyce

Collin Boyce

GoldenGov: City Executive of the Year

Collin Boyce, the CIO of Tucson, Arizona, is transforming the city to be technology-forward. Boyce is leading Tucson’s LTE deployment — one of the largest in the country — that has the potential to expand connectivity for over 32,000 homes that previously lacked crucial internet access needed for telework and virtual learning amid the pandemic. Currently, Boyce is pushing Tucson to fully embrace data analytics’ potential by leading the implementation of sensors that will be placed throughout the city to capture everything from traffic, to environmental or weather hazards, to reported crime. Boyce believes data can build the bridge between government and citizens, informing better performance and providing meaningful engagements.

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Wayne Brannock

Wayne Brannock

GoldenGov: City Executive of the Year

Wayne Brannock implemented an artificial intelligence and machine learning-based solution (Theta Lake) to archive and supervise calls and chat conversations on the city’s RingCentral platform to meet Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) response time requirements simply, easily and quickly. Without the platform, all requests would be handled manually, requiring significant time investment to search through numerous calls and conversations to find the content the citizen needed. The new processes introduce efficiency, reduce error, and modernize a legacy process and platform.

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David Clow

David Clow

GoldenGov: City Executive of the Year

CIO and Deputy Director, David Clow, led the Metropolitan Police Department’s Technical and Analytical Services Bureau through very challenging times. He delivered laptops and mobile computing to the members of MPDC. He also led the team that implemented a new RMS (Arrest and Case Management system) for the Metropolitan Police Department. That implementation moved the department from a host-based RMS to a 90/10 hybrid cloud-based system. At the same time, Mr. Clow implemented new IT processes that streamlined the booking process and allowed officers to remain on the street without having to come into the station to complete arrest paperwork.

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Jeanne Holm

Jeanne Holm

GoldenGov: City Executive of the Year

As a leader in open data, education, community-building, and civic innovation, Jeanne Holm empowers people to discover new knowledge and collaborate to improve life on Earth and beyond. Jeanne is the Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation at the City of Los Angeles. Previously, Holm was the city’s chief data officer as well as its deputy CIO, where she focused on bringing technical innovations to 4 million people. Her work in Los Angeles focuses on delivering great city services like 311, public television, and social media, and public-private collaborations for technology innovations ranging from data science to broadband. She was formerly the Evangelist for open data for the White House, the leader for African open data for the World Bank, and the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA.

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Maria Macgunigal

Maria Macgunigal

GoldenGov: City Executive of the Year

Maria Macgunigal is the chief information officer for the city of Sacramento, California. Macgunigal has been at the forefront of the city’s work on connectivity, including 5G pilot projects and efforts to close the digital divide.

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