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NASS Honors Office of the Colorado Secretary of State with 2015 IDEAS Award for Innovation

Tennessee, South Dakota and Washington Secretary of State Offices also Recognized as National Finalists

For Immediate Release

July 11, 2015

Portland, ME - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), currently holding its annual summer conference in Portland, Maine, has recognized the Office of the Colorado Secretary of State with the NASS 2015 IDEAS Award. 

The national award recognizes innovation, dedication, excellence and achievement in state member programming, as well as significant contributions to the state information-sharing mission of NASS. 

During the awards ceremony held on July 11, Secretary of State offices in Tennessee, South Dakota and Washington were also recognized for their national finalist submissions, which were reviewed and voted on by members.

The Office of the Colorado Secretary of State was selected as the 2015 NASS IDEAS Award recipient for its Business Intelligence Center/Go Code Colorado initiative.

"This program is an example of the best of intra-governmental collaboration and public-private partnership to create a better business environment in Colorado," said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who accepted the award on behalf of his office.

The Business Intelligence Center (BIC) promotes the publishing and use of public data to help businesses make more well-informed decisions. Go Code Colorado is a business-oriented civic app challenge that helps accomplish the BIC program goals by creating a community of software developers and entrepreneurs that use public data to build apps that solve business problems. It’s the first and only statewide effort in the country, engaging an entire state in the open data movement.

The Business Intelligence Center also assists state agencies in identifying and publishing high-value datasets that businesses can use for more-informed decision making. In its first program year, Go Code Colorado successfully engaged the entire state in an innovative business app challenge. Twenty-five teams participated using data from the state’s central public data platform (the Colorado Information Marketplace) to address five specific problems the business community encounters.

"The nation's Secretaries of State are pleased to celebrate Colorado's recognition as our innovative program of the year, which sets a high standard for other states engaged in providing business services," said NASS President Elaine Marshall of North Carolina. "It is a testament to the office's commitment to investment and excellence in state government programming at a higher level."

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee State Archivist Wayne Moore, South Dakota Senior Elections Administrator Brandon Johnson and Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman also received finalist recognition on behalf of their respective states.

The Office of the South Dakota Secretary of State was recognized as a national finalist for its Innovative Overseas Absentee-Balloting System (iOASIS), which revolutionizes absentee voting for military and overseas citizens by combining advanced technology and the Common Access Card (CAC) issued by the Department of Defense.

The Office of the Tennessee Secretary of State was recognized as a national finalist for its Tennessee State Heritage Program, a multimedia effort to showcase the state's history with recent documentaries on the state capitol and former State Senator Douglas Henry.

The Office of the Washington Secretary of State was recognized as a national finalist for its Washington State Library/Microsoft IT Academy initiative, which provides more than 400 free online courses to thousands of patrons across the state.

All NASS IDEAS Award submissions were reviewed and ranked by members according to their history, significance and effects, resulting in four national finalists. The members then voted to select the national honoree.

NASS offered an IDEAS shared practices session at the summer conference in Portland on Friday, July 10 featuring all four finalist programs. 

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About NASS

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs. 

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