Granicus Recognizes 16 Government Organizations for Excellence in Digital Transformation

Granicus | February 20, 2020

Granicus Recognizes 16 Government Organizations for Excellence in Digital Transformation
Granicus, the leading provider of cloud-based software solutions and digital engagement services for the public sector, today announced the recipients of the 2019 Granicus Digital Government Awards. The winners implemented transformational digital initiatives that demonstrate excellence in online service delivery, citizen experience, process efficiency, and program-driven outcomes.

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The creation of the City’s Economic Development Department dates back to 2001 with the creation of the Mayor’s Taskforce on the Economy (“Taskforce”) and the appointment of (then) Council Members Will Wynn and Betty Dunkerley as co-chairs of the Taskforce. Prior to the 2001 national recession and the dot.com bust, Austin witnessed signiÀcant increases in home prices, average wages, and new jobs created. And, Austin was riding high on the rankings bestowed by Forbes Magazine, the Milken Institute, and others. This wave of economic prosperity broke quickly following a high-tech industry downfall that resulted in 17,000 local technology jobs being eliminated and huge losses in the stock market that reduced the worth of local publicly-traded companies. By January 2003, the city’s unemployment rate ballooned to 6.2 percent from a historic low in November 2000 of 1.8 percent.

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The creation of the City’s Economic Development Department dates back to 2001 with the creation of the Mayor’s Taskforce on the Economy (“Taskforce”) and the appointment of (then) Council Members Will Wynn and Betty Dunkerley as co-chairs of the Taskforce. Prior to the 2001 national recession and the dot.com bust, Austin witnessed signiÀcant increases in home prices, average wages, and new jobs created. And, Austin was riding high on the rankings bestowed by Forbes Magazine, the Milken Institute, and others. This wave of economic prosperity broke quickly following a high-tech industry downfall that resulted in 17,000 local technology jobs being eliminated and huge losses in the stock market that reduced the worth of local publicly-traded companies. By January 2003, the city’s unemployment rate ballooned to 6.2 percent from a historic low in November 2000 of 1.8 percent.