Ranking marks the first time Kentucky has been among the top 10
Kentucky has been recognized as the eighth most digitally advanced state government in the nation, according to the Center for Digital Government’s 2006 Digital States Survey.
This year’s survey is the first to rank the states' transition to digital government since 2004, when Kentucky ranked 12.
"The commonwealth is now a recognized leader in technology-based initiatives and a role model for technological growth."
- Gov. Ernie Fletcher
The biennial survey considers factors such as best practices, policies and progress in the use of digital technologies and the delivery of technology-related government services to citizens. Kentucky ranked eighth in the survey following Michigan, Virginia, Ohio, Utah, Arizona, Arkansas and South Dakota. Wisconsin and Tennessee rounded out the top 10 at ninth and tenth, respectively.
The survey, which is in its seventh year of publication, is the original and only sustaining survey of state governments’ use of information technology as a tool for serving its citizens and state governments’ needs. This year marks Kentucky’s highest ranking in the survey and its first appearance in the top 10.
“The commonwealth is now a recognized leader in technology-based initiatives and a role model for technological growth,” Gov. Ernie Fletcher said. “I am also very pleased that our rankings have consistently improved over the last six years and I'm confident that they will continue to improve as a result of the Prescription for Innovation and the commonwealth’s other technology-related initiatives.”
“Some people may not immediately think of Kentucky as a leader in e-government,” said Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary John Farris. “Hopefully, this important national recognition will change some misperceptions of Kentucky and bring attention to the advancements made in the application of technology in the homes of Kentucky citizens and in the commonwealth’s delivery of public services through Gov. Fletcher’s Prescription for Innovation.”
“Whether it’s helping businesses to register or manage business filings online, or ensuring that first responders can communicate with one another to save lives during a disaster, Kentucky agencies are working together to accomplish great things through the improved use of technology,” said Commonwealth Office of Technology Commissioner Mark Rutledge. “We are very proud of our ranking this year, and we will work tirelessly to continue to provide innovative technology solutions through the Prescription for Innovation.”
The Prescription for Innovation, launched by Gov. Fletcher in October 2004, maintains four key tenets for impacting statewide economic development through technology:
- Full broadband deployment by the end of 2007;
- Dramatically improved use of computers and the Internet by all Kentuckians;
- A meaningful online presence for all Kentucky communities to improve citizen services and promote economic development through e-government, virtual education and online healthcare; and
- Local e-community leadership teams in every community to develop and implement technology-growth strategies for local government, business and industry, education, healthcare, agriculture, libraries, tourism and community-based organizations.
In addition to its prominent role in Kentucky's 2006 Digital States Survey ranking, the Prescription for Innovation was profiled in the summer edition of Economic Development America magazine, which documents economic development initiatives across the country, and was also honored with the Economic Development Administration’s 2006 Excellence in Innovation Award.
Gov. Fletcher and Commissioner Rutledge also praised the efforts of Kentucky Interactive, LLC for their work to support the commonwealth's e-government initiatives. Kentucky Interactive, LLC, is the commonwealth's strategic partner responsible for managing, hosting, building and marketing the official Kentucky.gov Web portal and e-government solutions using a self-funding model. The Kentucky.gov portal provides a wealth of interactive services, 400,000 pages of electronic information and an ever increasing number of e-government services without the use of appropriated tax dollars. Visit http://kentucky.gov/.
For more information about the Digital States Survey, visit the Center for Digital Government at http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/surveys.php?survey=states.