in the Media
Government Technology, August 3, 2012
A Web-based parks reservation system has streamlined how residents pay for using park amenities in Bexar County, Texas.
When citizens access the application, they select which park they are interested in, and then click on the pavilion they wish to reserve. A 360-degree panoramic view appears, giving a preview of the area. A calendar with prior reserved dates, associated amenities and the cost of the reservation also is displayed.
Government Technology, July 12, 2012
Texas best and brightest government IT projects and professionals were honored Thursday, July 12, with the Center for Digital Governments (CDG) Best of Texas Awards.
The annual awards program spotlights the top government IT efforts over the past year in the state, including in-house developed applications, green IT and program management. This year, 25 awards were given out — two IT Leadership honors, 12 Project Excellence awards and 11 Outstanding Service and Support awards.
Digital Communities, May 23, 2012
With dwindling funds in the coffers and booming population growth, learning to do more with less has become the motto of many governments, to the point it has become cliché.
But it continues to be a reality that must be dealt with in places like Bexar County, Texas, which serves more than 1.7 million residents in the San Antonio city limits and surrounding community.
San Antonio Express News, January 2, 2012
It's point, click and party time for the Bexar County parks system.
Officials are encouraged by the public's positive initial response to the new online reservation system for 10 popular Bexar County park facilities.
The system that launched Oct. 1 has an interactive website that gives the public a 360-degree view of pavilions and meeting halls, so folks can evaluate party venues before they reserve and pay for them online.
San Antonio Express News, September 17, 2011
Bexar County has come a long way toward embracing technology to make county government more responsive and more transparent. Only two years ago, the county did not even rank in a Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts program that recognizes local governments for their efforts to achieve online transparency.
The knock against Bexar County then was that the county website lacked a searchable register of expenditures for the current fiscal year. That problem has been rectified. Though it's somewhat difficult to locate, the county auditor posts an up-to-date claims register that allows taxpayers to review how the county is spending their money.
San Antonio Express News, September 14, 2011
Bexar County has received a national technology innovation award for My Bexar Community Dashboard, a website that enables residents to easily seek local government information.
Launched in January, the dashboard ties into Geographic Information System and other databases. Users can find out where to vote, locate neighborhood resources and get basic information about ongoing public works projects and various political entities.
Government Technology, July 12, 2011
Winners were announced Tuesday, July 12, for the Digital Counties Survey awards, a program aimed at highlighting innovation and achievement in technology implemented by county governments.
The survey is conducted annually by the Digital Communities program, a joint effort of the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology.
Government Technology, June 14, 2011
State and local IT employees from across Texas gathered together Monday, June 13, to accept their trophies at the Center for Digital Government’s (CDG) Best of Texas Awards ceremony at Government Technology Conference Southwest in Austin, Texas.
The ceremony spotlighted the best of of government IT, including re-procurements, in-house developed applications, green IT, applications addressing internal needs, citizen-facing Web-applications, and several other focuses.
Government Technology, April 21, 2011
Bexar County, Texas, recently launched a new community dashboard as a way to provide consolidated, useful county information to its increasing population.
The county, located in south-central Texas about 190 miles west of Houston, currently has 1.7 million residents, making it one of the most populated in the country, according to the 2010 Census data. Since the county continues to grow, Bexar CIO Cathy Maras tasked the Bexar County Information Technology department’s GIS division to consolidate county information into an easy-to-use platform to keep citizens involved and proactive in their communities, said GIS manager Todd Alvis.