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For Immediate Release: 5/2/2008
Montgomery County to be Honored at Annual Technology Leadership Conference May 6-8 with Two Prestigious National Awards

Montgomery County’s Department of Technology Services will be honored for its innovative technology solutions at the Public Technology Institute’s 2008 Technology Leadership Conference and Exposition next week in Miami, Florida.

Two prestigious Technology Solutions Awards will be presented to Montgomery County at the awards ceremony. The first award will be presented to the County for its winning program, “An Innovative Way of Using Motor Vehicle Records to Address Building Inventory.” The second award, an honorable mention, will be presented to the County for its “Fire and Rescue Service Personnel Information Management System.”

The winning entry is in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) award category and it recognizes the innovative method for updating the County’s building inventory to provide the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) first responders with useful geographic information. The honorable mention award is in the Public Safety and Emergency Management category. It recognizes the innovative design of a system that enables MCFRS to more effectively and efficiently manage and maintain volunteer firefighter personnel data.

“Our team is constantly looking at new information solutions to support business needs,” said E. Steven Emanuel, Chief Information Officer for Montgomery County. “The GIS solution improves available data for our first responders in an effort to reduce precious seconds in an emergency situation.”

PTI is a national technology organization created by and for cities and counties. The organization identifies opportunities for technology research, shares best practices, offers consultancies and pilot demonstrations, and promotes technology development initiatives. Every year, PTI recognizes local government technology programs that have demonstrated how, through the use of technology, governments improve service delivery and/or reduce costs.

“By winning these awards, not only is Montgomery County recognized nationally for its application of technology to improve government services, but it also serves as a source of inspiration for other government organizations looking to implement similar-type programs,” said Alan Shark, executive director of PTI.


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Release ID: 08-150
Media Contact: Donna Bigler 240-777-6507

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