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City of Williamsburg Wins Top IT Award for COVID-19 Hub

The City of Williamsburg has received a top IT award for its COVID-19 dashboard. (WYDaily file)

WILLIAMSBURG — The City of Williamsburg has won a top information technology award for its COVID-19 dashboard.

The Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and the Public Technology Institute (PTI) honored local governments for having innovative technology solutions with the 2021 PTI Solutions Awards.

The City received the award for its use of geospatial information systems (GIS) on its COVID-19 dashboard, according to a June 8 press release from the City of Williamsburg. 

The dashboard serves as a hub of information regarding COVID-19 vaccine data and distribution, case counts and streaming data from resources like the Virginia Department of Health

The hub shows that on its last day of operation, the Greater Williamsburg Clinic that operated out of the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center administered a total of 22,840 doses of the Moderna vaccine since its opening on January 22, 2021 until its closing on May 14.

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“The City’s COVID-19 dashboard was designed to be a one-stop shop for COVID-related information throughout the Greater Williamsburg area,” Mark Barham, the City’s director of Information Technology, said. “We are thrilled to have this work recognized by the Public Technology Institute and appreciate all of the hard work Sela Gordon, the City’s GIS Analyst, put into this important project.”

According to the release, the City of Williamsburg won in the GIS category for localities with a population of under 50,000. 

The PTI Solutions Awards is an annual program that recognizes CompTIA member cities and counties that have created or utilized innovative technology solutions in the past 15 months that have positively impacted the public. 

Most of the projects that were nominated focused on COVID-19 pandemic responses.

Along with GIS, the other categories included Information Technology; Customer Service; Public Safety, Emergency Management and Community Resiliency; Web Services, E-Government, and Mobile Apps; and Sustainability. 

“These awards honor the dedicated and vital work of public sector technology leaders and their teams,” Dr. Alan Shark, executive director of PTI, said. “The last year has been one for the history books and local governments faced a barrage of challenges to keep their operations up and running and to serve their communities during these unprecedented times. Our winners this year show us all how resilient and innovative local governments can be when we need them most.”

CompTIA is the global information technology industry’s leading trade association, while PTI supports technology executives in local governments. 

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