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Alabama Government Recognized as Technology Leader

August 27, 2008

MONTGOMERY - Alabama is being honored by CIO Magazine as a leader in e-government by being named to the magazine’s annual CIO 100 list. Alabama is the only state government named to the list, which honors the top 100 institutions that exemplify the highest level of excellence in information technology (IT).

Alabama Chief Information Officer Jim Burns accepted the award on behalf of the state at a ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday.

“This award is further proof that Alabama has arrived on the national scene as a leader in technology,” Burns said. “We have tremendous support to do what makes good business sense from both Governor Riley and state Finance Director Jim Main. Their support, coupled with the commitment to innovation by the state’s technology staff, has enabled us to improve internal government operations and services for Alabama citizens.”

“We’re honored to be part of the CIO 100,” said Governor Bob Riley. “We’ve dramatically increased the number of government services available to citizens online, while increasing overall government efficiency. Many citizens expect to be able to conduct their business electronically with the state. We continue to work not only to meet, but to exceed those expectations.”

Alabama is in good company with its CIO 100 award, joining the likes of Coca-Cola, Lockheed Martin and Motorola. The recipients of this year’s CIO 100 award were chosen following an intensive selection process in which CIO Magazine editors reviewed judges’ recommendations and voted on the final 100.

Several innovative programs led to Alabama’s selection for the CIO 100. More than 130 online e-government services are now available through the state web portal, With the consolidation and modernization of the state’s e-mail system, Alabama’s citizens can now better communicate and interact with their government.

The magazine also noted the state’s ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide) distance learning program, which provides opportunities for Alabama public high school students to engage in Advanced Placement (AP), elective and other courses to which they may not otherwise have access.

More information on the award, as well as a complete list of other CIO 100 winners, is available online at

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