Introducing StateScoop’s inaugural LocalSmart Awards

The new awards program from StateScoop will highlight visionary leaders and important technology projects in local governments across the country.

Nominations for the inaugural LocalSmart Awards, presented by StateScoop, are now live.

The LocalSmart Awards program honors the local government officials and projects — in cities, counties and municipalities — dedicated to improving the lives of the residents they serve through innovative uses of technology. Services provided by local officials can affect the daily lives of residents in a manner more direct and immediate than perhaps seen anywhere else. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of visionary leaders and the individual projects that are changing lives for the better.

Created as a companion to the StateScoop 50 Awards — which honor the best and brightest in state government — the LocalSmart Awards will be awarded in five categories:

GoldenGov: City Executive of the Year — The visionary city government executive (mayoral or c-level) leading and transforming how cities navigate a new technology landscape with innovative ideas and inspiration.


GoldenGov: County Executive of the Year — The executive-level leader (executive or c-level) serving county governments in a dynamic, engaging and transformational way through the implementation of technology.

Local IT Leader of the Year — The county or city leader at the managerial or director level who is leading the charge to transform their communities with technology.

Cybersecurity Leader of the Year — The county or city leader whose focus and effort to improve information security is protecting systems and resident information.

Local IT Innovation of the Year — The innovative technology project that is improving lives and changing the way residents receive services at the local level.

Individual nominees must be currently employed by the city, county or municipal government where their leadership of technology projects has transformed operations and how services are delivered to residents.


Project nominees must be recent IT projects developed by government or in partnership with government that are changing the way residents receive services at the local level.

Nominations will remain open until July 12. Voting will open on July 22 and end on August 16. Winners will be announced on in September and will be featured in a podcast series.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.

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