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Clackamas County wins 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate Award

Today Clackamas County is being announced as one of 269 organizations from around the world who are being honored with the prestigious 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate Award. The county won in the category of economic development for the Clackamas Broadband Express (CBX) project.

Clackamas County’s winning nomination was selected from more than 700 nominations to become one of 269 Laureates from 29 countries.

The CBX project is a fiber-optic network that provides needed infrastructure and links the rural parts of the county with the non-rural areas. The CBX initially linked together 160 community anchor institutions including schools, a community college, public safety facilities, hospitals and other public government facilities. Just as important, the project offered dark-fiber capacity to the various local broadband providers at affordable rates.

Dave Cummings, the county's Chief Information Officer, said, "By offering a countywide redundant fiber optic ring, we enabled providers both within the county and beyond to access a previously unreachable customer base. Doing so has truly made Clackamas County a more comprehensive community and stimulated economic growth throughout the county."

The annual Computerworld awards program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change. Awards are presented based on the humanitarian benefits and measurable results of applying technology to meet a specific social or business need.

“Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society functions. For the past 25 years the Computerworld Honors Program has had the privilege of celebrating innovative IT achievements,” said John Amato, vice president and publisher, Computerworld. “These projects demonstrate how IT can advance organizations' ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper.”

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at an awards ceremony on June 3 in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact David Cummings, 503-655-8525 or davidcu@clackamas.us

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