Over the past year I have been working at Oakland County on many SharePoint projects including their Intranet, Extranet and public Parks and Recreation web site. Recently Oakland county received an award for a SharePoint blog based application used for collecting IT cost reduction ideas. Below is a recent announcement about this award.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced recently that an internal cost reduction blog application created and deployed by Sogeti won the “Best Application Serving a Public Organization” award at the Michigan Digital Government Summit in Lansing on October 14, 2009. Oakland County also received an award for their county web site Video Center.
“These awards underscore Oakland County’s continuing commitment to creating cost-effective programs for the benefit of our citizens,” says Patterson.
The Cost Reduction/Investment Blog lets county government employees discuss budgetary suggestions to bring down the county’s overall operating costs. The blog has helped the County’s IT department identify hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. Government Technology magazine (http://www.govtech.com/gt/706827) has featured the Cost Reduction/Investment Blog in its publication.
“In a tough economy, technology helps us do more with less. Oakland County’s eGovernment programs are cost-efficient and we’ve seen substantial returns on our technology investments. Less money spent on government operations means more money is available for providing better service to our citizens,” says Phil Bertolini, Oakland County chief information officer and deputy county executive.
Oakland County recently ranked first among counties with populations of half a million or more in the 2009 Center for Digital Government Digital Counties Survey. Learn more about Oakland County’s online services and eGovernment programs at www.oakgov.com.