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Fulton County's Department of Information Technology Wins Prestigious International Award

County recognized for Special Achievement in Geographic Information System practices.

The world's largest provider of Geographic Information System (GIS) software and services, ESRI, has selected the Fulton County Department of Information Technology as a 2012 winner of the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award. This award is given to 150 organizations around the world that have outstanding work with GIS technology. Only 150 organizations out of 100,000 receive this honor.

"All of the recognition goes to our incredible GIS staff, especially our GIS Director Steve Williams and GIS Manager Issac Standard for their leadership," said Ryan Fernandes, Fulton County CIO. "Being a GIS professional myself, I truly understand how admired this award is in the GIS community and how hard the Fulton GIS team has worked to make this happen."

The award is given to organizations that embrace geographic information system (GIS) technology and utilize it to improve their business processes.  Fulton County will received the Special Achievement in GIS Award during the ESRI International Conference in San Diego this July.


County IT #8 in Nation-NACo 2012 Digital Counties Winner


For the second year in a row, Fulton County has been named among the top counties in the nation for its use of effective information and communications technology, thanks to the efforts of the Fulton County Department of Information Technology.

Fulton County was ranked 8th among large counties (population over 500,000) throughout the United States in the 2012 Digital Counties Survey program, in association with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and E.Republic's Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities' program.

According to Center for Digital Government Executive Director Todd Sander, the award was based on Fulton County's ability to consolidate its IT infrastructure and sharing systems with other governments in order to save money and provide better information security, transparency and citizen engagement with innovative uses of social media and advanced decision support tools.

"Counties across the country are aligning technology initiatives with executive strategic priorities to provide vital cost savings and administrative efficiencies," said National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Larry E. Naake.

Ryan Fernandes, Fulton County's Chief Information Officer, said, "I have the benefit of working with a brilliant team who has the ability to implement efficient and effective technology to satisfy our complex organization's business needs. We made a paradigm shift from being providers to enablers of technology, empowering the Fulton County Government Departments with the ability to provide cost-effective services to their constituents. Taxpayers are the real beneficiaries of our success."

Fernandes and his team received the award at the NACo Conference in Pittsburgh last week.



Fulton County's Website Receives A+ for TransparencySRA


Fulton is one of just three counties in Georgia with highest rating from the national government watchdog organization. For the second year in a row, Fulton County Government has received an A+ from the Sunshine Review for its transparency in providing information through the county website. Fulton County is one of only three counties in the State of Georgia to receive an A+ rating and receive the prestigious Suny Award.


"We are extremely pleased that the Sunshine Review has recognized Fulton County with its highest rating for the second year in a row. Accessibility and transparency are top priorities for Fulton County Government. Our departments of Communications and Information Technology strive every day to ensure that our website reflects that," said Zachary L. Williams, Fulton County Manager.


"We're at a crucial time in government where citizen engagement is fueled by connectivity. The words 'open government' have to ring true with our every effort to communicate and our website is an invaluable tool that we can use to keep the door open between the county and the citizens we serve," said Ericka Davis, Director of Communications. "We are pleased that the Sunshine Review recognized our efforts."


"I'm proud that our website received the best grade possible for the information we provide online again this year," said Ryan Fernandes, Director of Information Technology. "We will continue to find ways to make County information and services more accessible to our citizens."


The Sunshine Review is a non-profit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. The Sunshine Review collects and shares transparency information and uses a 10-point Transparency Checklist to evaluate the content of every state and more than 5,000 local government websites. This can be found at www.sunshinereview.org


To view Fulton County Government's "Eye on Fulton" transparency page, please visit www.fultoncountyga.gov/transparency.Sunny_Award








Fulton County Fulton County IT 2011 Digital Counties Winner




Fulton County placed #9 in the nation as a 2011 Digital Counties Survey winner. This award recognizes counties who use best practices in information and communications technology.

The survey is conducted annually by the Digital Communities program, a joint effort of the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology Magazine and in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo). This awards program is aimed at highlighting innovation and achievement in technology implemented by county governments. 


“We are pleased that Fulton County has been recognized as a leader in the use of information technology solutions to promote the excellent work being done and shared through the power of technology," said Zachary L. Williams, Fulton County Manager. "Fulton County government recognizes the significance of the “connected citizen” and supports technology innovation efforts that ensure improved communications to the Fulton County community.


“Information Technology is used to support almost every aspect of this government's operation. This award recognizes our use of technology to support efficient and effective programs and services,” said Ryan Fernandes, Fulton County CIO and Director of Information Technology.

For more information about the Digital County Survey winners or awards program visit: http://www.digitalcommunities.com/survey/counties/

Fulton County CIO Nominated as CIO of the Year Finalist



Ryan Fernandes, CIO at Fulton County Government, has been selected as a finalist for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association’s (GCLA) CIO of the Year Award. This awards program honors the best technology leaders in the State of Georgia.  This year’s finalists represent technology leaders from leading companies in Georgia. Ryan Fernandes was also nominated as finalist in 2009.

Ryan Fernandes was selected based on his demonstrated excellence in managing Fulton County’s enterprise-wide information systems and his outstanding technology leadership utilizing innovation and creativity. Winners will be selected based upon their demonstrated excellence and expertise in these areas.

 â€śWe are very excited about the CIO of the Year Awards. This recognition highlights the strength that our IT leadership possesses. Under Ryan’s leadership our IT department continues to be a leader in Information Technology. We are proud of his accomplishments.” said Fulton County Manager Zachary L. Williams.

For more information on the awards please visit: http://www.cioawards.com/about-the-event.html.


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