County of Alameda, CA
County of Alameda, CA

Recognition

A Banner Year for Alameda County

The 2015-16 Fiscal Year was marked by numerous achievements that made it one of the best years ever for Alameda County. Always looking for ways to communicate with our communities, Alameda County has produced a new video, "Innovative Service, Dedicated to Excellence," showcasing some of these accomplishments in the areas of public safety, improved customer service, technology, environmental protection and the preservation of limited public resources.

We hope you enjoy this video, which can be viewed below. We also hope that you become a frequent visitor to the County’s award-winning website, ACGOV.ORG, where we share the latest steps in our Innovation Journey and our bold vision for ensuring that, far into the future, Alameda County remains one of the best places to live, work and do business.

Alameda County Honored with Two Best of California Awards

The Best of California Awards program recognizes public-sector professionals and local government organizations for their innovative technology solutions in state and local government across the state. Best of California Award winners are selected by a panel of judges based on a number of criteria, including collaboration among agencies, innovative use of technology, economic benefits and improving public services and business processes.

  • Alameda County Permit Portal — Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations
  • MAP1193 Mobile Tool to Stop Human Trafficking — Best Mobile/Wireless Project

Press Release: Best of California Awards recognize diversity, anti-human trafficking & other technology-enabled initiatives

District Attorney’s Office Wins "Best of Category"

Alameda County has been selected to receive 7 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). One winner, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office's Safety Net Program, which works to help youth exploited through the commercial sex trade, was judged Best of Category in the Children and Youth Category, out of entries from counties across the United States.

The District Attorney's Office also won an Achievement Award in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety category for its Health, Education and Attendance for Life (H.E.A.L.) program, a partnership with the County's Healthcare Services Agency that is effectively addressing the links between health struggles faced by children in local schools and excessive school absences.

NACO award luncheon
Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Supervisor Keith Carson and County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi accept the "Best of Category" award on behalf of the District Attorney's Office at the National Association of Counties (NACo) awards luncheon. The District Attorney's Office's Safety Net Program won in the category of "Children and Youth".
Pictured left to right: NACo Immediate Past President Sallie Clark, Supervisor Scott Haggerty, County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi, Supervisor Keith Carson.

2016 Digital Counties Survey Winner

The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that save tax dollars through newfound efficiencies; boost transparency, cybersecurity and engagement; or innovate through unique and exciting projects.

Moving up 3 positions this year, Alameda County was ranked fourth for counties with populations of 500,000 or more. This year's recognition includes a continued and growing effort for open data and transparent government, use of technology, collaboration and innovation. Some highlighted projects:

  • Open Budget site redesign
  • Map1193 - a site to help the County track business compliance of California human trafficking laws.
  • Collaboration with the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority to migrate disparate radio systems into a single network, giving more than 30 jurisdictions full radio interoperability.
  • Participation in the Google Government Innovation Lab program.
  • Millennial Task Force - to ensure that Alameda County is an employer of choice not just for the millennial generation, but employees of any age.
Digital Counties award ceremony
Supervisor Scott Haggerty and County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi hold the County's 4th Place award in the annual Digital Counties Survey.

2016 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards

NACo Award Winner

Alameda County was recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for several initiatives that have been implemented during the last year. We continue to be recognized not only locally but nationally as a leader in leveraging technology to benefit the employees and residents of Alameda County.

The NACo awards recognize innovative county government programs that offer new services to county residents, fill gaps in the availability of services/revenue or improve the administration of an existing government program. Our winning entries clearly exemplify the spirit of this significant award.

2016 CIO of the Year for Local Government

Tim Dupuis accepting CIO of the Year Award

Tim Dupuis, Alameda County’s Chief Information Officer, has been named CIO of the Year for Local Government by e.Republic, publisher of Government Technology magazine and GovTech.com. The award was presented last week at the 2016 California Public Sector CIO Academy, the premier leadership event for California’s senior level technology executives.

In his three years as Alameda County CIO, Dupuis has focused on using technology to enhance, encourage, and increase Alameda County’s citizen engagement efforts through innovation and creativity.

In that short time, Dupuis has helped to transform Alameda County’s Information Technology Department (ITD) into a progressive organization with a start-up feel that is at the forefront of efforts to change the way the County does business with the community and its employees.


2016 Public Technology Institute (PTI) Technology Solutions Awards

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) has awarded Alameda County three 2016 Solutions Awards for our initiatives that leverage technology to make local government operations more efficient, enhance service to the community and save taxpayer dollars. The winners are:

  • Innovate AC - the Innovate AC Journey
  • Alameda County Permit Portal
  • Alameda County Probation Ready Mobile Website

PTI, which has operated its Solutions Award program for more than 30 years, also awarded Significant Achievement Awards (SA) to other efforts:

  • Alameda County Vital Records Website Redesign
  • El Nino Video Series

PTI Solutions Award Winners

Preparing for El Niño: An Award-winning Video Series

Google's Government Innovation Labs

Summer initiative could revolutionize public service

Part of life in local government is contending with public-sector stereotypes about workers who spend their days indifferently pulling the levers of a bureaucratic machine that forever rumbles on. That's why it may come as a surprise to learn that 70 Alameda County managers and front-line employees spent much of the summer inspiring each other and challenging themselves to find creative new ideas for improving local services.

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County's Credit Rating High

Alameda County's High Credit Rating Affirmed by Moody's

On Thursday, July 14, Moody's Investors Service again affirmed Alameda County’s high credit rating and maintained the County’s positive rating outlook. Citing factors including Alameda County’s "exceptionally healthy financial position and strong management team," Moody analysts said they expect Alameda County to experience ongoing strong financial performance that could lead to additional credit-rating upgrades.

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Budget and County's Role

Budget Highlights Important Role Counties Play

Controlling infectious disease, running elections, providing the last line of health and social services support for the needy, elderly, disabled and disadvantaged, operating the jails, prosecuting crimes and providing attorneys for defendants who can't afford one.

Many of us see these services as central to the way our tax dollars protect the community, provide a basic safety net and uphold our constitutional rights. Far fewer of us understand they are among the vast web of public services, central to life in healthy communities, provided by our counties.

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Highland Hospital Tower

Highland Hospital Tower in Oakland Opens in April

Highland Hospital’s new nine-story tower, the centerpiece of the largest public construction project ever funded by Alameda County, is set to open to the public in April.

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2015

Best of California Award

Presented by the Center for Digital Government, the 13th annual Best of California awards celebrated the advancement of public-sector technology and innovation across nine categories. Among the winners recognized was the Alameda County Shuttle Mobile Web Application, which took top honors in the "Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs" category.

2015 Best of California Award Winners


Digital Counties Survey Winner

Ranking seventh for the second year in a row, Alameda County has implemented numerous tech initiatives over the years with a heavy focus on citizen engagement, open data and transparent government.

2015 Digital Counties Survey Award Winners


California Exposition and State Fair Excellence in Technology Award

The California Exposition and State Fair recognized us with the 2015 Excellence in Technology Award for demonstrating leadership in using technology to enhance and encourage citizen engagement through innovation and creativity. This award honors organizations committed to advancing technological innovation and creating a better way of life for California residents. The State Fair videographer was here last Friday creating a video about ITD for the awards ceremony in late June.

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The Public Technology Institute (PTI) Solutions Awards

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) has awarded us five 2015 Solutions Awards for our initiatives that leverage technology to make local government operations more efficient, enhance service to the community and save taxpayer dollars. The winners are:

  • Open Data Sharing Initiative
  • Probable Cause Declarations (PCDECS)
  • Registrar of Voters Lease Card System
  • Shuttle Mobile App
  • SitStat System, Alameda County Fire Department

PTI, which has operated its Solutions Award program for more than 30 years, also awarded Significant Achievement Awards (SA) to several other efforts:

  • Assessor Field Canvassing Mobile App
  • Auditor Property Tax Information System (APTIS)
  • Election Mobile Apps Suite
  • eWarrants
  • Ready.acgov.org
  • Urban Shield Mobile Web App


The National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized us with six Achievement Awards that honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents through Technology:

  • Auditor Property Tax Information System (APTIS)
  • eWarrants
  • Position Request System (PREQ)
  • Probable Cause Declarations (PCDECS)
  • Registrar of Voters Lease Card System
  • Ready.acgov.org


2014

Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award

The County of Alameda General Services Agency Purchasing Department has been awarded the prestigious 19th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) for 2014 from the National Procurement Institute (NPI). The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. GSA-Purchasing was one of 44 Counties in the Country to receive the award.


Green Fleet Awards

Green Fleet Forum has named Alameda County the 10th Greenest Fleet in North America, our sixth year being recognized as one of the 40 greenest fleets in North America. The winners were announced at the North American Green Fleet Forum in Sacramento, CA on October 15-16, 2014.

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CSAC Awards

The California State Association of Counties has awarded Alameda County a 2014 Challenge Award for ongoing efforts to engage 20 County agencies in climate action.

Alameda County also received Merit Awards for the Assessor Canvassing App (BizChek), Human Exploitation & Trafficking Watch Community Initiatives (H.E.A.T.), and the California Counties Innovation award for Dig Deep Farms & Produce.

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CSAC Awards Press Release


Digital Government Achievement Award Winner

The Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA) recognize outstanding agency and department Web sites and projects at the application and infrastructure level. The contest is held concurrently with the Best of the Web Awards (BOW) contest which has recognized excellence of official Web portals of United States cities, counties and states.

Alameda County's Election Mobile Apps Suite was honored in the category "Driving Digital Government - Local Government".

Digital Government Achievement Awards


Digital Counties Survey Winner

The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Alameda County took 7th place (in the 500,000 or more population category) out of 3000 counties nationwide that are eligible to respond to this survey.

2014 Digital Counties Survey Award Winners


NACo Achievement Awards

The annual Achievement Award Program is a non-competitive awards program that recognizes innovative county government programs. Each application is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

Alameda County came away with seven Achievement Awards at the National Association of Counties (NACO) National Conference this year. Five of the awards went to the County’s Information Technology Department. Awards also went the District Attorney’s Office and the Probation Department. The winning Alameda County entries were:

  • ALCO Shuttle App, (ITD) — provides County employees and the public instant access to information – including schedules and details about stop locations – about the weekday shuttle service that connects key County facilities to BART and other public transportation hubs.
  • Canvassing App, (ITD) — a new mobile tool for County staff that reduced by 50 percent the effort involved in the annual canvassing of business properties, eliminated the use of paper forms, improved the quality of data collected and created the opportunity to increase tax revenue by canvassing more properties.
  • Data Sharing Initiative, (ITD) — launched by the County Administrator’s Office and spearheaded by the Information Technology Department, which provides easy public access to records and information about County business and operations. The Initiative has generated great new tools to enhance public access to government and community services.
  • Multiple elections-related mobile apps, (ITD) — provide important time-sensitive information to voters, poll workers and candidates about local elections.
  • My Property App, (ITD) — allows users to find out everything they need to know about properties in Alameda County. Users can use the app to pay property taxes, peruse County property maps and determine assessment information.
  • Youth Transition Center, (Probation Dept) — a first-of-its kind project that leverages the resources of multiple County agencies to assist youth transitioning from the juvenile justice system. The Transition Center is a model for collaborative efforts that aim to decrease re-arrest rates and build community supports to help young people transform their lives.
  • Youth Empowerment Program, (District Attorney's Office) — offers a wide range of integrated services to children who have witnesses or who are victims of family violence. The program provides a safe and nurturing play space, access to a County library, onsite tutoring, an opportunity to attend summer camp and other services to ensure children of all ages have the chance to thrive.

2013

Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award

The County of Alameda General Services Agency Purchasing Department has been awarded the prestigious 18th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) for 2013 from the National Procurement Institute (NPI). The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. GSA-Purchasing was one of 43 Counties in the Country to receive the award.

2013 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award Press Release


Best of the Web Winner

In its 18th year, the annual Best of the Web (BOW) awards recognize city, county and state governments for outstanding portals and websites based on innovation, functionality, productivity and performance. This year Alameda County's website won 1st place in the county portal category.

Photo showing staff accepting BOW award.

Howard Hill, Information Technology Manager, and Michael Rock, Alameda County's Webmaster, accepted the award on behalf of the County. The award was announced by Government Technology magazine. The announcement cited the effective way that Alameda County's website, ACGOV.ORG, leverages social media – with buttons for the County’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest accounts displayed prominently across its homepage. The website also offers podcasts, RSS feeds and a sign-up button for email notifications.

Navigation of the website, according to Government Technology, "is clean, logical and simplified," while the County’s mobile website "boils down the content into just seven categories, which streamlines the experience even further."

2013 Best of the Web Awards


2012

Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award

The AEP recognizes organizational excellence in procurement on a national level. GSA-Purchasing earned the award by obtaining a high application score based on innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership.

The County of Alameda General Services Agency-Purchasing Department works to bring enhanced value to its operations on behalf of the County, while maintaining transparency and supporting County mandates. As a result of these efforts, GSA-Purchasing has earned the National Procurement Institute’s (NPI) Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award for 2012.

2012 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award Press Release

Best of the Web Winner

The 2012 Best of the Web awards, a joint endeavor of Government Technology and the Center for Digital Government, were announced Thursday, August 23, 2012. Alameda County's website won 3rd place in the county portal category.

The Best of the Web Awards contest which has recognized excellence of official Web portals of United States cities, counties and states for the past 15 years, honors governments whose websites demonstrate innovation, usability and maximum functionality for users. Best of the Web honorees have sites that also contribute to governmental efficiency by contributing to effective service delivery. Submissions from U.S. cities, counties and states were judged by executives from the Center for Digital Government, along with a panel of past Best of the Web winners.

2012 Best of the Web Awards


2011

Best of the Web Finalist

In its 16th year, Best of the Web (BOW) recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency. Alameda County's website was selected as a finalist for the "Best of the Web" awards sponsored by the Center for Digital Government. Our website was selected as one of the top county websites in the country three years in a row.

2011 Best of the Web Award Press Release


2010

California State Association of Counties (CSAC)

2010 Challenge Awards Winner, New Beginnings

CSAC Challenge Awards Page

Best of the Web Finalist

In its 15th year, Best of the Web (BOW) recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on their innovations, functionality and efficiencies. Alameda County's website was selected as a finalist for the "Best of the Web" awards sponsored by the Center for Digital Government. Our website was selected as one of the top county websites in the country two years in a row.

2010 Best of the Web Award Press Release