North Carolina’s Department of Information Technology has earned national recognition for IT leadership and innovation initiatives. Our recent accolades include:

Innovation Center Receives 2015 NASCIO IT Recognition Award

North Carolina’s Innovation Center (iCenter) was awarded the State CIO Office Special Recognition Award as part of the 2015 National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) State IT Recognition Awards program. Each year NASCIO honors outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector through its Recognition Awards. The iCenter was chosen as one of 11 award recipients from a field of 44 finalists and more than 100 nominations.

Innovation Center Named a 2015 "Bright Idea" in Government by Harvard University

The North Carolina Innovation Center (iCenter), which was created by Governor Pat McCrory and Chief Information Officer Chris Estes in 2013, has been recognized as a 2015 “Bright Idea” by the Ash Center at Harvard University. The Bright Ideas program recognizes creative initiatives that are at the forefront of government innovation. The Innovation Center has become a model for states across the country, with North Carolina leading a National Innovation Community that includes IT leaders from all 50 states.

NC Innovation Center Honored By National Tech Leaders as a 2015 State IT Program of the Year

North Carolina’s Innovation Center (iCenter) was named a State IT Program of the Year 2015 by StateScoop, a national publication that features leaders and innovators in government technology. More than 10,000 members of the IT community across the country voted in the online competition. The iCenter is a “try before you buy” working lab where technology is tested before the state commits to investing in it. More than $6M worth of technology has been evaluated at no cost to the State, helping agencies make better-informed decisions about technology purchases.

State CIO Wins 2014 National Leadership Award

State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes received the State Leadership Award from StateScoop, a distinction given to public sector leaders who are helping government implement new technologies, strategies, and IT programs. StateScoop is a leading national publication that features industry trends, leadership, and innovation in state and local government technology.

Estes, who leads the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, was chosen from a national field of nominees during an online vote. He was presented with the State Leadership Award at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) conference In May of 2014.

Estes Recognized as 2014 CIO of the Year

Triangle Business Journal named State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes a CIO of the Year for 2014. The CIO Awards recognize exceptional IT leaders who have used information technology in innovative ways to create competitive advantages, optimize business processes and enable growth. Triangle Business Journal is a leading publication covering business news in North Carolina’s 13-county Research Triangle area.

OITS Receives 2013 Freedom Award

Previously known as the Office of Information Technology Services (OITS), the agency received the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award in recognition of exemplary support of the National Guard and Reserve. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. The agency was one of 90 North Carolina employers to be nominated for the award.

The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 whose mission is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

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