Government Technology magazine Thursday announced its Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2013; its “Annual salute to the men and women who truly make government more efficient, more effective and friendlier to the citizens it serves.”
On that list: Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
The magazine focused on the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN), which, Ulman said in the article, will be finished ahead of time.
“I’m honored to receive this award,” Ulman wrote in a statement. “Howard County prides itself on innovation, and it’s flattering to receive this national recognition."
"The annual Government Technology Top 25 is our way of acknowledging the hard work and innovative ideas that make our communities safer, more successful and better places to live," Steve Towns, executive editor of Government Technology, said in a statement.
Howard County was awarded a grant through the Broadband Technlogy Opportunities Program to chair and manage the fiber optic network which will connect more than 450 K-12 schools, 21 institutions of higher education, 262 public safety agencies, 44 libraries and more than 220 additional government agencies across 10 municipalities.
"We know that the ICBN will be a game-changer for how people in our state will utilize broadband for education, business, health and virtually every other aspect of daily living," Ulman said in the statement.
He was one of four elected officials on the Top 25 list. The others are Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker; California Senator Alex Padilla; and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.