Michigan Retains Number One Ranking in Digital Government

Contact: Kurt Weiss, (517) 335-0050

October 03, 2006

Lansing- A recently released national survey ranks Michigan first in the nation in the use of information technology to transform and improve government. The Digital States Survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government in conjunction with Government Technology magazine, is the nation’s most recognized and respected study of information technology in all 50 states. The survey is conducted every two years and Michigan retained its number one ranking from the previous survey taken in 2004.

"Information technology continues to play a critical role in creating efficiencies and it remains at the heart of everything we are doing to provide government service to Michigan citizens," said Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. "Whether it's making hunting and fishing licenses available online, or making it easier for businesses to get the permits they need, or providing an online talent bank for employers and job seekers to find each other, I'm proud of the many things we have done through technology to improve service to our citizens."

The 2006 Digital States Survey is the nation’s original and only sustaining survey of state governments’ use of technology in serving the citizen. The top ten states from the survey are:

1st Michigan
2nd Virginia
3rd Ohio
4th Utah
5th Arizona
6th Arkansas
7th South Dakota
8th Kentucky
9th Wisconsin
10th Tennessee

"With the right leadership, state governments can leverage information technology to greater enhance operations and serve their citizens," said Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center. The states in the top 10 continue to advance 21st century governance and show their commitment to the future viability of their states."

Teri Takai, Director of the Michigan Department of Information Technology, was appointed by Governor Granholm in February of 2003 to take charge of technology for Michigan government. Since taking the post, Takai has focused on providing more and more government services online so that Michigan citizens and businesses find it easier to obtain services and do business with the state.

“I was thrilled when learning that we had been ranked number one again,” Takai said. “It’s rare to see back-to-back winners, as there are so many states out there doing wonderful things in government technology. This provides independent validation that we are still on the right track and that our partnerships with all of the state agencies is bringing value and benefits to those who live and work here in Michigan.”

Governor Granholm will accept the award on behalf of the State of Michigan at a date and time to be named in the future.