Monroe County, NY

Awards

Monroe County, as part of the e-Government strategy, has been a leader in opening up government via the worldwide web. County Executive Maggie Brooks has been instrumental in leading Monroe County into the cyber-age with a website that is not only informative, but also allows citizens to access government and services 24-hours a day, 7 days per week.  Many of our online services are accessed by thousands of web visits per day and help our citizens, a few top online services include:

  • Airport Arrivals and Departures - Greater Rochester International Airport real-time flight information at your fingertips, track a flight in-process and see the latest status.

  • 911-Incidents/Traffic Conditions - view real-time incident information, as-it-happens from the 911-center in Rochester, NY.  This service has been a popular feature for local news outlets and a large populus of citizens.

  • Civil Service Testing - see upcoming tests, download applications, track results and personal scoring online with the Civil Service tools available online.

These are just a few of the many services available thru the Monroe County website.  The website, and our County Leadership, have been recognized for innovation, use of technology and opening up government via the web.  Monroe County has always been known for having a leadership position in New York State thru its programs and use of technology - this County website reflects the initiative and the continuous development of new programs will further the linkage of the County services and its citizens.

Government Fleet Magazine

2013 - Best Government "Green Fleet"

County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that Monroe County’s Fleet Division has been ranked the 2nd best Government “Green Fleet” in North America by Government Fleet magazine. There are over 38,000 public fleets in North America.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to protect local taxpayers by ‘going green’ to ‘save green’, Monroe County’s work with alternative fuel vehicles has helped to secure a more sustainable future for our entire community while reducing energy costs.” said Brooks. “Our fleet’s second in the nation ranking not only demonstrates Monroe County’s strong commitment to the ethical stewardship of our local environment, but also highlights our embrace of ‘green’ initiatives that will better serve our community for future generations.”

Government Fleet examined criteria from various categories to determine the winners of its annual Green Fleet awards. Qualifications included: fleet composition, fuel usage and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, executive and employee involvement and supporting programs.


Center for Digital Government

2013 Finalist - County Portal

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.

“As technology continues to evolve, governments are finding innovative ways of utilizing new technologies to transform operations and engage with citizens,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “This year’s winners have demonstrated the ability to adapt to the changing technology landscape, while creating first-class public and business services. Congratulations to this year’s winners for their remarkable achievements!”


Government Fleet Magazine

2012 - Best Government "Green Fleet"

County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that Monroe County’s Fleet Division has been ranked the 8th best Government “Green Fleet” in North America by Government Fleet magazine. There are over 38,000 public fleets in North America.

“In an effort to continue to protect local taxpayers through reduced energy costs, Monroe County phased out traditional fuel vehicles by the end of 2011, which was successfully implemented one year ahead of schedule,”said Brooks. “This prestigious award not only demonstrates our commitment to being ethical stewards of the local environment, but shows how we continue to embrace ‘green’ initiatives that ultimately protect our community for future generations.”

The 100 Best Fleets award program recognizes and rewards peak performing public sector fleet operations in North America. The program also identifies and encourages ever-increasing levels of performance improvement within the fleet industry.


Center for Digital Government

2012 Finalist - County Portal

In its 17th year, Best of the Web (BOW) recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency. 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. Click here to view the winners announcement.


Government Fleet Magazine

2011 - Best Government "Green Fleet"

County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that Monroe County’s Fleet Division has been ranked the 2nd best Government “Green Fleet” in North America by Government Fleet magazine. Government Fleet has previously named Monroe County one of North America’s “Top 100 Government Fleets.”

“By the end of this year, the County’s traditional fuel vehicles will be phased out completely and every vehicle in our fleet will utilize some form of alternative fuel,”said Brooks. “This prestigious award not only demonstrates our commitment to being proper stewards of the local environment, but shows how we continue to embrace ‘green’ initiatives that ultimately protect our local taxpayers through reduced energy costs.”

Government Fleet examined criteria from various categories to determine the winners of its annual Green Fleet awards. Qualifications included: fleet composition, fuel usage and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, education, executive and employee involvement and support programs.


Special Achievement in GIS

2011 SAG Award Winner

Esri acknowledged the achievements of more than 140 domestic and international organizations with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards ceremony at the annual Esri International User Conference (Esri UC). The SAG Awards acknowledge innovative and intelligent applications of GIS technology.

Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri UC span industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.

"The SAG Awards highlight extraordinary achievements and efforts to improve our world," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "Each year I look forward to being part of this ceremony. It is a tradition that means a great deal to Esri and to GIS professionals."

The SAG Awards ceremony was held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 13, 2011. Thousands of SAG Award nominations are submitted each year. For more information about the 2011 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, visitesri.com/sag.


Center for Digital Government

2011 Finalist - County Portal

Best of the Web spotlights the top 10 state, county and city Web portals throughout the United States each year that demonstrate the highest levels of innovation, functionality and efficiency.

The portals are judged by a panel of experts on a wide range of categories, including site accessibility, innovation, cost-savings, ease of use and exceptional service to the public.


Government Fleet Magazine

2010 - Best Government "Green Fleet"

In December 2010, County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that Monroe County’s Fleet Division has been ranked the 17th best Government “Green Fleet” in North America by Government Fleet magazine. Government Fleet has previously named Monroe County one of North America’s “Top 100 Government Fleets.”

“This award is indicative of the progress that Monroe County has made toward our goal of eliminating traditional gas vehicles by 2012,” said Brooks. “Our ‘Green Fleet’ has become the envy of municipalities nationwide, with our efforts making it the benchmark of sustainability and taxpayer protection through reduced energy costs.” 

Government Fleet rated Monroe County’s application as “outstanding” and examined criteria from various categories for its Green Fleet awards. Qualifications include: composition, fuel usage and emissions, future planning and education and support programs. 


Center for Digital Government

2010 Finalist - County Portal

In its 15th year, Best of the Web (BOW) recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on their innovations, functionality and efficiencies.

The winners displayed innovative use of the Internet to continue delivering citizen services despite tight fiscal constraints. This skilled use of the Web embodies the spirit of the Best of the Web awards and provides examples to state and local government leaders around the country on how to bring quality services to their citizens while containing costs.


Government Fleet Magazine

2009 - Top 100 Government Fleets

Government Fleet magazine named Monroe County's "Green Fleet" as one of the Top 100 Government Fleets in the United States for its improvements in fleet efficiency and availability, lowered operating costs and use of technology.

Monroe County is one of only a handful of fleets in the Northeast to receive the distinction.  The County is replacing more than three dozen Sheriff's Office cruisers with flex-fuel vehicles; which will bring Monroe County's total number of flex-fuel cars and trucks to 100.  The Fleet Division is also on schedule to add 50 additional flex-fuel vehicles; and has doubled its amount of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.

Monroe County is well on its way to completing County Executive Maggie Brooks' goal to phase out traditional gas vehicles by 2012.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

2009 - 6th Annual NYS Environmental Excellence Awards

The NYS DEC Commission honored the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) for the County's pharmaceutical waste collection program's innovation, sustainability and creative partnerships.

The DES' program was lauded for its ability to work with its partners to safely dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.  In 2009, Monroe County's pharmaceutical waste collections served nearly 3,000 residents and took in nearly 6,500 pounds of hazardous, non-hazardous and controlled substances.

 


Rochester Business Journal (RBJ) Environmental Leadership Award

2009 Award - Alternative Energy Use Category

The RBJ honored the Monroe County Green Fuel Station for making great strides to become environmentally sound and helping make our community a healthier place to live.  The County's work with alternative fuels is indicative of how our region has become a statewide and national leader in alternative energy research and development.

The Monroe County Green Fuel Station on Scottsville Road provides the County's Fleet Division with several grades of alternative fuels; including E20 and E85 ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen fuel cells and compressed natural gas.


American Public Works Association (APWA)

2009 Project of the Year Awards

The APWA honored Monroe County's Green Fuel Station with the Genesee Valley Branch and New York State Chapter Project of the Year awards for environmental projects in the under $2 million category.  The awards promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects.

The Green Fuel Station was also named a finalist for the APWA's National Awards.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

2009 Environmental Quality Award

The EPA Environmental Quality Award recognized the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services' pharmaceutical waste collection program for its commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality in our area. 

The award is the highest recognition presented by the EPA's Region 2; which covers New York State, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The Monroe County DES pharmaceutical waste collection program was noted for its contributions to improving environmental quality, high achievement level and unique benefits to the community.


Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA)

2009 Shield Award

LEVA honored the Public Safety Training Facility/MCC Video Production Team with its bronze Shield Award in the community relations category for the 13-minute film produced for Monroe County's Cyberbullying Prevention Campaign.

LEVA noted the County's committment to improving the quality of video training and use of its state-of-the-art equipment.


Center for Digital Government

2009 4th Place Winner - County Portal

The Best of Web is an annual awards program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals. This national awards program judges state, city and county Web sites on their innovation, Web-delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved citizen access.
The Digital Government Achievement Award is a national program that recognizes outstanding agency and department Web sites and applications that enhance information interactions, transactions and/or services. The categories include government-to-government, government-to-business, government-to-citizen, and government internal.


Rochester Business Journal Best of Web

2009 Best of Web Finalist - Real Propery Portal

MonroeCounty.gov was recognized as a 2009 Best of Web Finalist for the development of the function-rich Real Property Portal.  The portal was developed in 2006 and launched in a two-year roll-out which provides constituents the ability to view the attributes of property parcels within Monroe County. Items available include: sales history, tax history, property attributes and additions/changes to the property. It provides the ability to view the property on a map, aerial view, look up demographic information and pay your tax bill online.


Center for Digital Government

2009 Winner - Best Fit Integrator Award 

Collaboration Award in Portals

Monroe County was recognized for the development of the Real Property Portal and the collaboration across the 27 taxing bodies, utilization and input from multiple internal departments and the development work of outside vendors. 
The Center for Digital Government recognizes the development of constituent services while leveraging technology in providing feature-rich portals as part of an e-government strategy.
 


Center for Digital Government

2008 Best of Web Finalist - County Portal

The Best of Web is an annual awards program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals. This national awards program judges state, city and county Web sites on their innovation, Web-delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved citizen access.
The Digital Government Achievement Award is a national program that recognizes outstanding agency and department Web sites and applications that enhance information interactions, transactions and/or services. The categories include government-to-government, government-to-business, government-to-citizen, and government internal.


Rochester Business Journal Best of Web

2008 Best Government Website Winner

MonroeCounty.gov was recognized as the 2008 winning website for being a 'feature-rich' website in the government category for having information well-organized and a wide-variety of well thought-out content that is organized and accessible.  The site was recognized by the judges with the vital concept of 'opening up government' which is the backbone of the e-govenrment website initiative started in 2004.  The website features many online services like flight information and incident information in real-time, interactive forms and access to many services that were historically available by visiting the County Offices in person.


eBusiness Association

2007 eBusiness Executive of the Year Winner

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks was recognized as the eBusiness Executive of the Year in the Government, Academia, Non-profit category by the eBusiness Association. Established in 1996, the eBusiness Association has actively aided in the growth of member firms throughout western New York, providing individual members with the support they need to capitalize on new opportunities in the steadily expanding eBusiness marketplace. Today, the Association provides eBusiness seminars, workshops and many of the other resources necessary to assure business success via the Web or Internet.


Center for Digital Government

2007 5th Place Winner - County Portal

The Best of Web is an annual awards program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals. This national awards program judges state, city and county Web sites on their innovation, Web-delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved citizen access.
The Digital Government Achievement Award is a national program that recognizes outstanding agency and department Web sites and applications that enhance information interactions, transactions and/or services. The categories include government-to-government, government-to-business, government-to-citizen, and government internal.


New York State Webmasters' Guild 

2007 Best of the Web Winner - Local Government

Monroe County and specifically an online e-Government Rich Internet Application was recognized in the "Best Use of Technology" category for the Real Property Portal.  The Real Property Portal is a flash-based application that allows users to draw invidual and multiple propoerty records form the Monroe County database.  In addition users can view property images, review property attributes and pay taxes online while receiving up-to-the-minute tax bill information. The Webmasters' Guild was created to provide a means for those individuals within state and local government that have responsibilities for their agencies Web Sites to share ideas, issues, problem solutions and to suggest and/or develop education opportunities to benefit web development professionals.



The New York State Forum

2006 Best of Web Winner - Local Government

The New York State Forum is a network of state and local government organizations and information technology leaders and professionals concerned with information management, policy, and operations.
Information is a vital resource for New York state and local government. Government organizations have widely adopted information technologies to improve their abilities to meet their responsibilities. These technologies, the information they process, and the people who use and manage them are essential components of modern governments.


Center for Digital Government

2006 Best of Web Finalist - County Portal

The Best of Web is an annual awards program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals. This national awards program judges state, city and county Web sites on their innovation, Web-delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved citizen access.
The Digital Government Achievement Award is a national program that recognizes outstanding agency and department Web sites and applications that enhance information interactions, transactions and/or services. The categories include government-to-government, government-to-business, government-to-citizen, and government internal.

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