NASCIO names finalists of 2023 State IT Recognition Awards

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers' membership selected 31 of the top IT projects in state government.
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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers on Tuesday announced the finalists of its annual State IT Recognition Awards program.

The association named 31 finalists across 10 categories, ranging from cybersecurity and business-process innovation to digital services and innovation. The awards also include a category called “State CIO Office Special Recognition,” which this year highlighted an AI vehicle services system in Minnesota, an open data platform in North Carolina and a professional development program in Tennessee.

According to a NASCIO press release, more than 80 NASCIO members selected the finalists from a pool of more than 100 entries. NASCIO plans to name one winner from each category at its annual conference in Minneapolis next month.

“This year’s finalists reflect the importance in addressing digital services,” Emily Lane, NASCIO’s director of experience and engagement, wrote in an email to StateScoop. “In their unique ways, these projects make government more accessible, more intuitive, and more responsive to the various needs of citizens.”


2023 State IT Recognition Awards finalists:

Business Process Innovations 

  • State of Michigan: Michigan All in for the User, Our HCD Strategy 
  • State of Ohio: Paper is Dead, Long Live Digital Transformation!
  • State of Tennessee: One DHS Omnichannel Customer Support 

Cross-Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships 

  • State of Ohio: A Focus on Human-Centered Design
  • State of North Carolina: NC eLink: Completing the Picture to Improve Constituent Services
  • State of Texas: Boots on the Ground: Texas Regional Security Operations Center Pilot Project 


  • State of Hawai’i: Surfing the Cyber Risk Monster Wave
  • State of Illinois: The Zero Trust League Superheroes of Cybersecurity
  • State of Minnesota: Expanded Cybersecurity Protections to Counties, Cities, and Tribal Nations 

Data Management, Analytics & Visualization 

  • State of California: All-Hazards Dashboard
  • State of Michigan: Peak Performance Unleashed: Harnessing Metrics for Success
  • State of Minnesota: Empowering Communities through Transparency and Crime Data 

Digital Services: Government to Business 

  • State of Minnesota: Farmlink: Facilitating Connections to Keep Minnesota Farms Thriving 
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: PA Preferred Program Solution 
  • State of Tennessee: Transforming Agriculture Licensing & Permitting: Milking Enterprise Innovation for Streamlined Processes 

Digital Services: Government to Citizen 

  • State of Minnesota: Delivering Swift Relief to Minnesota’s COVID-19 Frontline Workers 
  • State of Ohio: Streamlining Access to Child Care Benefits  
  • State of Tennessee: MyTN: Placing Government in the Palms of Citizen Hands 

Emerging & Innovative Technologies  

  • State Colorado: myColorado Chatbot: Get Answers Your Way 
  • State of Michigan: Michigan Automated Incident Detection 
  • State of Minnesota: Digital Bridges: The Future is Here 
  • State of Ohio: Keeping Ohioans Connected 

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives 

  • State of California: Technology for Incarcerated Population 
  • State of Indiana: SEAL: Continuing to Hire the Next IT Professionals 
  • State of Tennessee: Harnessing the Power of Process Automation for Tennessee 

Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations  

  • State of Florida: From Zero to Real-Time in 4 Days: Real-Time Messaging to Transform Emergency Response, Cybersecurity and More 
  • State of Minnesota: The App that Connects Job Seekers with Services They Need 
  • State of North Carolina: ATSC 3.0 in Public Safety Communications 

State CIO Office Special Recognition 

  • State of Minnesota: How AI Enhances Driver and Vehicle Services for Minnesota Residents 
  • State of North Carolina: NC OneMap: a Unified Open Data Platform Closing the Digital Divide  
  • State of Tennessee: Empowering the Future: Tennessee Explores IT Workforce Professional Development Initiatives 
Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He's reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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