The City of Evanston and three counties in Maryland, California and Florida are the only local governments to be designated in Public Technology Inc.’s first Tech Savvy awards, which were officially announced on July 9.

In its award notification, PTI stated, “During its inaugural year, PTI presented the Tech Savvy Award to four jurisdictions that have proven they have exceptional talent, great ideas, a spirit of teamwork and collaboration, creativity, technology leadership and proven technology best practices across the entire enterprise.”

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said, “I am very proud of this recognition and to all staff citywide who have embraced the use of technology to better serve both our internal and external customers. It is really something to be the only city of any size in America to be so honored. Congratulations go to all staff members for a job well done.

 “The City was especially singled out for our work in green infrastructure and leveraging our efforts where the City was awarded a 4-STAR Community Rating for our national leadership in sustainability.”

PTI Deputy Executive Director Dale Bowen extended his congratulations. “This is a well-deserved recognition for all your efforts, over the years, to be a first class local government and to create technology programs that serve your constituents internally and externally.”

The City of Evanston also was recognized in May 2014 with the highest PTI 2013-2014 Technology Solutions Award for Web Management & E-Government, as well as two Significant Achievement awards, which were in the categories of Public Safety Technology and IT & Telecommunications.

The three counties recognized as Tech Savvy are Montgomery County, Maryland; Pinellas County, Florida; and Sacramento County, California.