West Virginia Secretary of State's Office Named Recipient of 2016 IDEAS Award for Innovation

Finalist Colorado, Montana and Nevada Secretary of State Offices also Recognized by NASS

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - The Office of the West Virginia Secretary of State has been named the recipient of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) 2016 IDEAS Award for innovation, dedication, excellence and achievement in state member programming. 

West Virginia was selected as this year's honoree for its Business Industry Growth (BIG) Map initiative, a data tool with searchable information on business formation in all 55 state counties.

"We couldn't be happier to be recognized with the 2016 NASS IDEA award. The BIG Map shows what happens when an innovative idea meets a smart technology staff, all to benefit our state's business owners, entrepreneurs and residents. We were proud to be featured among other great ideas that are truly moving our respective states forward. Thank you, NASS, for executing the IDEA award process," said West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who accepted the award along with Chief Deputy Secretary of State Sheryl Webb.

The award was presented on July 16 during the NASS 2016 Summer Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.


"BIG Map exemplifies state innovation at its best," said Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who presented the award as NASS President. "It's an intelligent, cost-effective approach to sharing business growth data that can be used for informed decision-making, something that other states will be able to replicate thanks to the road map provided by West Virginia."

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. 

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Montana Secretary of State Linda McCullochand Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske each received national finalist recognition on behalf of their respective states.

NASS also offered an IDEAS shared practices session at the summer conference in Nashville on Friday, July 15 featuring all four state finalist programs. The session supports the state information-sharing role of NASS.

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ABOUT NASS: Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Membership is open to the 50 states and all U.S. territories. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. NASS also offers two membership sections for state government professionals: Administrative Codes & Registers (ACR) and Notary Public Administrators (NPA). 


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