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The 2021 StateScoop 50 Awards are now open for nominations. The StateScoop 50 Awards annually honor the best and the brightest who make state government more efficient and effective. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our peers and acknowledge their tireless efforts to make a positive impact in the government IT community and in public service. Nominate and recognize a candidate for their achievements and contributions to the state government technology community. Make a nomination here.

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Florida gets a vaccine site

Florida officials on Friday touted the launch of a new, state-government-run website for residents to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations, after several weeks in which vaccines were distributed through several scattershot methods without much guidance from leaders in Tallahassee. The new site, myvaccine.fl.gov, launched after several weeks during which some counties resorted to scheduling vaccine clinics using Eventbrite, while others relied on the Publix supermarket chain. Benjamin Freed has details.

What role does a national agenda play in developing smart cities?

Cities strive for a high degree of control over their autonomy and daily decision-making, leading state and federal goals to frequently push up against city independence and override local authority. All too often this creates a perpetual state of governance tension, but on certain issues, regional or national priorities taking precedence makes sense. In his latest column, former Palo Alto, California, CIO Jonathan Reichental explores what a new administration in the White House can do for the "smart cities" agenda. Read the column.

North Carolina tries to refine broadband data

Roughly 5% of North Carolina households surveyed last year lacked access to the internet, according to a pair of new dashboards published Thursday by the state’s technology agency. The new dashboards reflect data about broadband adoption, coverage and quality on a county-by-county and address-by-address basis, informed largely by a state broadband survey created last July in partnership with North Carolina State University. Ryan Johnston reports.

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