The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has awarded Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert with the association’s 2019 Technology Champion Award. The announcement was made at the NASCIO 2019 Midyear Conference in National Harbor, MD.

For over 10 years, Governor Gary R. Herbert has exemplified leadership in public sector technology policy and practice. He has promoted improvements in aligning technology education with needs through his Governor’s Tech Pathways Program; expanded broadband services so that 96.6% of Utah households have access to broadband internet; championed digital government innovations which has led to greater savings and accessibility of government services; and underscored the importance of cybersecurity by opening the Utah Cyber Center in 2018.

“We thank Governor Herbert for his leadership, especially for his work as Chair of the National Governors’ Association. In that role he spearheaded a nationwide initiative which resulted in a repository of technology based solutions that are shared among states,” said James Collins, Delaware CIO and NASCIO President.

“I am grateful for our digital government team. It is their passion, drive, and vision that keep Utah at the forefront of technology development in the public sector, and that has kept Utah as a technology leader year after year,” said Governor Herbert. “Most importantly, our Department of Technology Services keeps a razor-sharp focus on using technology to better connect our citizens with state government. That dedication makes a difference in the lives of every-day Utahns.” 

NASCIO created the Technology Champion Award in 2003 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the field of information technology in the public sector. Recipients further NASCIO’s vision of a government in which the public is fully served through the efficient and effective use of technology policy.

Learn more about the NASCIO Technology Champion award and prior recipients at www.nascio.org/awards/ntc