State and local governments are leading the way in the drive to innovate for and with citizens. Whether through open data initiatives, public safety modernization, education reform, citizen service improvements or infrastructure programs, more and more local governments are turning to Amazon Web Services to provide the cost-effective, scalable, secure and flexible infrastructure necessary to make a difference.

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AWS is seeking the most innovative solutions and ideas from local and regional governments around the world and their technology partners. Submit your solution or vision to the challenge for a chance to win AWS promotional credits.  Winners will be selected in three categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation and Dream Big.

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City of McKinney

The City of McKinney, Texas, about 15 miles north of Dallas and home to 155,000 people, was ranked the No. 1 Best Place to Live in 2014 by Money Magazine. The city’s IT department is going all-in on AWS and uses the platform to run a wide range of services and applications, such as its land-management and records-management systems. By using AWS, the city’s IT department can focus on delivering new and better services for its fast-growing population and city employees instead of spending resources buying and maintaining IT infrastructure.

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Douglas County

Douglas County is Nebraska’s most populous county with approximately 500,000 residents. The county’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department provides government agencies and the public with municipal data related to zoning, property boundaries, political boundaries, utilities, infrastructure, and public safety. This information is distributed through the county’s website and online applications.

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City of Asheville

Learn how the City of Asheville moved disaster recovery (DR) from traditional, expensive, premises-based, manual fail over to an automated, pay-as-you-go, cloud-based fail over.

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Ashville, NC

AWS complies with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) standard. We sign CJIS security agreements with our customers, including allowing or performing any required employee background checks.

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Build your website on AWS – highly scalable, low cost, and ready for peak usage times.

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Keep your systems running even when emergencies occur.  AWS scales up and enables rapid failover with data centers around the world.

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Easily and securely connect devices to the cloud to enable your smart city.  Reliably scale to billions of devices and trillions of messages.

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When organizations make data open on AWS, the public can analyze it quickly and easily with our scalable computing and analytics services. This fuels entrepreneurship, accelerates solutions to public problems, and creates efficiencies.

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Give government employees access to the resources they need on any supported device with cloud-based desktops.

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AWS GovCloud (US) is an AWS Region designed to address the specific regulatory needs of United States government agencies, education entities, and other customers and partners. AWS GovCloud (US) is available to US government agencies, government contractors, private and public commercial entities, educational institutions, non-profits and research organizations that meet GovCloud (US) requirements for access.

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers scalable, cost-efficient cloud services that public sector customers can use to meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and accelerate innovation.  Visit the Contract Center to learn more.

Acquia's products, cloud infrastructure, and support enable companies to realize the full power of Drupal while minimizing risk, as it's done for nearly 1,500 enterprise customers including Twitter, Al Jazeera, Turner, World Economic Forum, Stanford University, New York Senate and NPR. See who's using Drupal at

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DLT Solutions is an authorized APN Consulting Partner for all AWS Regions, including the AWS GovCloud (US) Region, providing public sector customers with architectural and technical direction in the selection of appropriate cloud solutions. The company also offers dedicated professional services for design, installation, configuration, training, and managed services support.

DLT also offers public sector customers access to a wide-variety of contract vehicles to make procuring products and services from Amazon Web Services as simple and cost-effective as possible.

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The cloud presents an opportunity to change the way we provide IT today. New challenges present themselves from mobile, content distribution, internal collaboration, social media, data growth, and analytics; which are now built into our everyday fabric. These 'challenges' are exponential compared to before. At Day1 Solutions we take an approach that really gets to the business mission; 'what is your goal' and “how can the cloud help you get there?” People tend to focus on the cost savings of the cloud, but time to value and bringing cloud-generation solutions are truly behind this change in IT, that is our focus.

We offer many options for our clients; Many start with a two day strategic engagement model on understanding cloud and how it will support and augment your current IT business plan. Please see our services page on our website to better understand the capabilities that are available.

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Utility, Inc. develops the smartest body-worn technology in the world, incorporating real-time communications for the best situational awareness possible during the most critical times. Unlike other body cameras, BodyWorn™ has automatic recording triggers based on policies, officer down reporting and alerting, live video streaming, and secure automatic wireless offload to AWS cloud storage. Utility’s BodyWorn video, audio and metadata can be accessed through its cloud-based digital evidence management solution, AVaiL Web™. Utility’s other solutions, Rocket IoT™ in-car video and Smart Redaction™ application for releasing video to the public, also leverage AWS cloud storage. Providing mission critical mobile intelligence.

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AWS has a world class professional services team that can help you get more from your cloud deployment. It's easy to build solutions using our toolsets, but when you need help to build complex solutions or migrate from an on-premise environment, we're there.

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AWS customers can choose from a range of support options including our hands on approach for enterprise IT environments.

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AWS has a dedicated Government and Education sales team including named account representitives and solutions architects ready to help you get started solving business problems with AWS.

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The AWS cloud provides rapid access to flexible and low cost IT resources. With cloud computing, state and local governments no longer need to make large upfront investments in hardware or spend extensive time and resources on managing their IT environment.

AWS has helped over 2,000 government agencies around the world successfully identify and migrate applications to the AWS platform, resulting in significant business benefits.

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