Web 2.0 and civic/social media technologies are dynamic tools for informing residents about issues in the community, encouraging collaboration, and engaging the public in government decision making. To recognize state and local governments for excellence in the field of Web 2.0, the Washington-based Public Technology Institute (PTI) has launched the "Web 2.0 State & Local Government Awards & Recognition Program."
The program seeks to recognize excellence in the field of Web 2.0 and civic/social networking for effective communications, increased citizen participation, and improved efficiencies in government service. Awards will be presented for best practices in the use of Web 2.0 and for exceptional accomplishments in, innovative technology, accountability, mobile applications, , and education.
Winners will receive an attractive award and use of the Web 2.0 Government Achievement logo. They will be featured in a virtual “Gallery of Excellence” for citizen engagement, showcased at national and regional conferences, provided opportunities to present their accomplishments in webinars and discussions, and spotlighted by PTI.
The awards program is open to all state and local governments. To apply, complete the application available at www.pti.org, and submit it by March 21, 2011. Winners will be announced in April 2011.