Archived IT News


Pierce County IT Wins Two Standing Ovation Awards
- Oct., 10 2016

Congratulations to all the IT staff who won Standing Ovation Awards! Staff from IT, the Auditor, and Budget and Finance received an award for their work designing a biometric time entry system. The system allows Elections extra hires to quickly clock in using any finger, thereby saving Pierce County more than $10,000 a year. Check out the project video to learn more.

Additionally, IT won a Partnership Award for helping to link recorded documents with parcels in the Public GIS system. This project provides greater access to 15 commonly used recorded documents, including deeds of trust, bargain and sale deeds, surveys, liens and easements. Take a look at the award video to learn more.

Puget Sound Fresh app wins international award for design excellence
- July 8, 2016

The Puget Sound Fresh App is the perfect way for consumers to learn about fresh summer produce or find local farmer markets. Now the popular app has won a 2016 Apex Award for design and overall communications excellence.

Pierce County collaborated with neighboring agencies, University of Washington Tacoma and non-profit Seattle Tilth to create the app.

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy praised the app for supporting local farmers. “The County took the lead in developing this free app, and it’s now benefiting communities all over western Washington,” McCarthy said. “It is gratifying to learn that Puget Sound Fresh has received this recognition.”

Chuck Buzzard Named Washington's GIS Person of the Year
- May 19, 2016

Pierce County’s Chuck Buzzard is a groundbreaking technologist, innovative leader, and partner with many state and local agencies. Chuck has now been named “GIS Person of the Year” for his expertise and countless hours of volunteering.

“Chuck Buzzard is the “gold standard” for GIS professionals,” said Pierce County IT Director Linda Gerull. “His leadership and constant focus on partnerships have improved GIS data and systems at the local and state level. He is always ready to share his expertise and is patient as others learn the complexities and impacts of GIS.”

Pierce County congratulates Chuck on this special recognition!

Pierce County's Email Migration Featured in New Case Study
- March 15, 2016

A new case study from data management company Bishop details how Pierce County migrated a legacy email archive system to Office 365. The County worked with Bishop to copy 233 million messages to the Microsoft Cloud, while at the same time ensuring the migration met public records and legal requirements.

Read the entire case study.


Puget Sound Fresh app wins national award for best new mobile app
- Sep. 18, 2015

Western Washington farmers and consumers who support local food already love the Puget Sound Fresh 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.

Now the Fresh app has won a Savvy Award for best new mobile app from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA). The Savvy Awards recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. 

“Pierce County took the lead in developing this free app, and it’s now benefiting communities all over western Washington,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “We’ve had nothing but positive feedback, and I’m proud that Puget Sound Fresh has received this kind of recognition.”

Pierce County makes the top ten list of digital leaders in government
- July 9, 2015

Pierce County has made the list of “Top Ten” digital leaders, according to the 2015 Digital County Survey. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.

“It is an honor for Pierce County to be recognized as a top digital leader,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “Our success would not have been possible without our strong team of innovative leaders. The new initiatives have enhanced our community by keeping citizens safe, informed and connected.” 

The survey, conducted by Center for Digital Government (CDG) in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties.



Business Examiner profiles FirstToSee

- Dec. 15, 2014

The Business Examiner profiled the FirstToSee project in the latest Who's Who in the South Sound column. Check out the full story here.

FirstToSee recognized among the best in the Northwest!

- Dec. 12, 2014

Pierce County’s FirstToSee project just received an award for being among the best new tech sites and mobile apps in the Northwest. FirstToSee leverages the latest technology so that the public and responders to quickly share information in a disaster. 

The Society of Technical Communications (STC) presented 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. 

“I’m incredibly proud and happy to see these departments recognized for their innovations in making government more accessible,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “By consistently finding new and better ways to provide outstanding customer service, Information Technology and the Department of Emergency Management are truly setting the standard for interactive government.”
Making the Case for Government Technology Investment
- Aug. 12, 2014

Pierce County IT is setting the standard when it comes to adopting Cloud services. This is why Department Director Linda Gerull was featured in a special CIO report by Government Technology. The report focuses on how the County has moved HR, payroll and benefits systems to the Cloud, and is now working on financials. In addition to more than 50 cloud applications, IT is also moving legacy systems to the cloud. This cloud-based HR and payroll implementation has reduced annual operating expenses by $100,000. The County is saving an additional $300,000 annually by streamlining new hire and terminations process, time entry, etc.

Read the full report on the Government Technology site.

Pierce County wins national technology award from International Association of Emergency Managers

- Aug. 4, 2014

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) 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. The system is one of the first of its kind to be designed for local government.

Click here to read the full announcement.
Pierce County wins national awards for District Court Live Chat and the FirstToSee emergency system
- June 16, 2014

Pierce County leads the nation when it comes to using technology to better serve the Courts and protect the public in a disaster. That’s why the County has received three national awards for District Court’s Live Chat and the FirstToSee emergency system.

Click here to read the full announcement.
Pierce County's FirstToSee Social Media System Supports Oso
- Apr. 7, 2014

Government Technology has profiled Pierce County's FirstToSee social media monitoring system. The article discusses how the system leverages existing online networking technology to vastly improve emergency management and preparedness in the Puget Sound region.

UW Tacoma Students Are 'app'-lied learners
- Jan. 30, 2014

Students at UW Tacoma’s Institute of Technology are learning about mobile app development by getting their feet wet.The Institute and Microsoft are hosting a one-day free on-campus app development workshop at which student programmers will build apps requested by community partners.

In addition to the workshop, UWT has partnered with Pierce County to provide students with real-world experience. This is not a typical internship where students work on routine tasks. Each intern works closely with a mentor to design, build, and launch a mobile app. The work of these students helps the county keep pace with technology changes while expanding service delivery. Meanwhile, students gain a competitive career edge while serving their community.

Click here to see the full announcement on the UWT website.