Awards

Pierce County IT has received numerous awards and national grants for technological innovation and excellence.

 2016 Awards

2016 Apex Award of Excellence: Digital Media Category
The Puget Sound Fresh App won an Apex Award for graphic design and overall communications excellence. The Apex Awards is an international competition that recognizes exceptional work in digital and print media. Pierce County partnered with neighboring agencies, the University of Washington Tacoma and Seattle Tilth to create the app.

2016 WAURISA GIS Person of the Year Award
Pierce County’s Chuck Buzzard was named “GIS Person of the Year” for his expertise and countless hours of volunteering.During his 20+ year career, Chuck has volunteered for critical leadership roles, including serving as WAURISA President, Conference Chair, and past Board member.

2016 Employee Incentive and Recognition Standing Ovation Awards
Staff from IT, the Auditor, and Budget and Finance won an Innovation Award for designing a Biometric Time Clock. The system allows Elections extra hires to quickly clock in using any finger, thereby saving Pierce County more than $10,000 a year.
Award video
Additionally, an IT, Auditor, and Assessor team won a Partnership Award for linking recorded documents with parcels in the Public GIS system. This project provides greater access to 15 commonly used recorded documents, including deeds of trust, surveys, liens and easements. Award Video

 2015 Awards

2015 3CMA Savvy Award for Digital Interactive: Mobile Apps
The Puget Sound Fresh App won the first-place Savvy Award for best new mobile app. Pierce County partnered with neighboring agencies, the University of Washington Tacoma and Cascade Harvest Coalition to create the app. Both Android and Apple users can use the app to find more than 350 farms and farmers markets, as well as recipes, harvest calendars and events.

2015 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award

Pierce County won the top URISA award for creating the most advanced permitting system in the nation. Online permitting tools reduced the number of customer phone calls and office visits by 20%, while also reducing the average consultation time by nearly 80%. Meanwhile, the mobile permitting app allows inspectors to access inspection requests, plans and permit data on their iPads.

2015 Digital County Survey Top 10 Digital Leader
Pierce County made the list of Top Ten Digital Leaders among large counties (500,000 or more population). The county was recognized for the Farm Fresh website, self-service tools for District Court, mobile permitting, the Child Abduction Rapid Response system, and the FirstToSee emergency support system. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.

2015 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award: Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Pierce County Emergency Management and Information Technology won an Award for the Child Abduction Lead Management System. Investigators can use the system to quickly search and organize thousands of tips about a child’s possible location. The system has been used to rescue several children in the past year.

2015 NACo Achievement Award for Planning
Pierce County Planning and Land Services (PALS) and Information Technology received an award for the Mobile Permitting System. The system allows inspectors to access inspection requests, building plans and permit data on their iPads. Customers can receive either electronic or printed copies of their inspections and request a re-inspection for the same or next day. Mobile permitting allows department to conduct up to 70 more inspections a week – or 3,500 more per year!

2015 Employee Incentive and Recognition Standing Ovation Awards
Pierce County Sheriff, Emergency Management, and IT received the Partners in Service award for the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) program. The Pierce County CART team worked together for nearly 5 years to obtain federal certification. These efforts ensured that Pierce County is now one of only 21 certified agencies in the nation.

 2014 Awards  

2014 Society of Technical Communications Merit Award
The Society of Technical Communications (STC) presented the FirstToSee website with a merit award for excellence in graphic design, layout, and technical writing. Judges also praised the FirstToSee mobile app for excellent design and functionality. The project team is being honored alongside professionals from major Northwest companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing.

2014 Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award

Pierce County's Public Works Road Operations and Geographic Information Services teams have received a SAG award for outstanding work with GIS technology. The cross-division team used GIS and asset management systems to create a dynamic inspection program of storm drainage infrastructure. Public Works road crews now have access to interactive maps on their mobile devices, which has led to an annual cost reduction of 24% for maintenance.

2014 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Technology & Innovation Award

Pierce County has won a national award for using the latest Web technology to help locate abducted children. The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has recognized the County’s Lead Management System for a Technology & Innovation Award. Investigators can use the system to quickly search and organize thousands of tips about a child’s possible location.

Grant Award: 2014 FEMA Port Security Grant Program
Pierce County received $225,000 to develop new features for the FirstToSee Emergency Support System, as well as to expand the system to other jurisdictions outside of Western Washington.

2014 NACo Best of Category Award for Court Administration and Management

Pierce County District Court is one of the first courts in the Pacific Northwest – if not the country – to embrace live chat and online self-scheduling tools. The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized these innovations with a “Best of Category” achievement award. Self-service tools have lowered county costs and improved public access to justice.

2014 NACo Achievement Award for Emergency Management
Pierce County Emergency Management and IT received a NACO award for the FirstToSee emergency system. The FirstToSee system provides the public and responders new tools for quickly sharing information during a disaster. This revolutionary system uses the latest mobile and social media technology to give emergency professionals greater situational awareness.

2014 Apex Award of Excellence

The FirstToSee Website (www.firsttosee.org) won an Apex Award of Excellence for outstanding graphic design and Web content. The site also received honors in the WordPress page sub-category. The Apex Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from Websites to newsletters, magazines and annual reports.

2014 Employee Incentive and Recognition Standing Ovation Awards

Planning and Land Services and IT received a joint innovation award for the Mobile Permitting System. The system allows inspectors to access inspection requests, building plans and permit data on their iPads.