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Congratulations on Wise County being awarded a State & Local Leadership Award and Innovation Center of Excellence

Ten winners were announced on November 15 in a ceremony in Charlotte, NC, during the National League of Cities’ annual City Summit at the Mint Museum.

One of the Commonwealth’s very own, Wise County, was recognized as the best in the category of State and Local Leadership! Congratulations, Jack Kennedy, in your efforts in having your county being recognized as using innovation to promote economic development growth!

Also, congratulations, Nelson Moe, Judy Marchand-Hampton and Tony Wood on the Innovation Center of Excellence being recognized as a Top 10 Finalist in the category of Data and IT Innovators and one of the best in promoting innovative strategies to increase government efficiency or to reduce government costs for needed services!

It’s one thing to dream up a great idea. It’s another thing to figure out how to implement it successfully.

The road from conceiving a great idea to successfully implementing it requires ingenuity and innovation from many teams and individuals. In the second annual Navigator Awards, Route Fifty honors these individuals and teams who either work in or with state, county and municipal governments in the United States. Individuals and teams have demonstrated their ability to implement a great idea that improves public sector services and the communities they serve. Nominations, reviewed by the Route Fifty editorial staff, were judged on three measurements: innovation, implementation and outcomes.

About Route Fifty
Route Fifty connects the people and ideas advancing state and local governments across America by enabling them to share best practices and innovative solutions to key challenges. Produced by Government Executive Media Group of Atlantic Media, Route Fifty is the award-winning digital and events media brand covering news, technology, innovation and best practices in state, county and municipal governments across the United States.

New Announcement!!!  #RFNavAwards and @GTPublicSector
Fostering Innovation and Economic Development in Appalachia (Announced on 9/15/2017)  for the announcement and supporting content about Wise County and why it received the Top Award in the State and Local Executive Leadership category.

A Team Enhancing Virginia’s Agility to Meet Agency Demands for New Tech and Services for the announcement and supporting content about the Innovation Center of Excellence (ICE) being one of the 10 finalists in the Data and IT Innovators category.

More details about the fifty finalists chosen across five categories can be reviewed at

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