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Two Albemarle Programs Receive Statewide Recognition at COVITS Conference

Honorable Mentions for eProcurement and IT Intern Program

Virginia’s Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and Chief Information Officer Sam Nixon presented Albemarle County with two awards during the Governor’s Technology Awards ceremony at the 2011 Commonwealth of Virginia’s Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) on September 26, 2011.

In the category of IT as an Efficiency Driver, Albemarle County received Honorable Mention for its eProcurement system. The Finance Department worked with the Albemarle Information Technology Department to deploy a cost effective and efficient eProcurement system to support Local Government Agencies, the School Division, and the Regional Emergency Communications Center and Jail. This new system has vastly improved the Procurement and Purchasing process by reducing the mountains of paperwork hand-delivered from the various agencies.

In the category of Innovation in Higher Education, Albemarle County also received Honorable Mention for its IT Intern Program – a collaborative effort with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC). The IT internships are funded through a National Science Foundation Grant awarded to PVCC for the dual purpose of improving student recruitment and retention in technology programs and strengthening relationships with technology employers in the PVCC service area. Interns increase the pool of skilled electronics, computer, and IT technicians needed in Central Virginia and gain valuable hands-on experience which provides them with the skills necessary to compete for full-time positions with technology employers upon graduation. This program resulted in approximately $16,200 in measurable cost-savings for 2010/2011.

“We are pleased with the statewide recognition particularly since both of these initiatives have saved time and money for the County and increased convenience and services to our citizens,” said County Executive Tom Foley.

COVITS annually brings together a community of senior-level executives and technology decision makers from state and local government, business, and education to identify, discuss and propose solutions to Virginia’s critical technology issues. COVITS is a forum to discuss technology requirements, share valuable lessons from actual case studies, and glimpse the future of government interaction with its customers.

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