Howard County Executive Ken Ulman was honored by Government Technology magazine Thursday as one of its Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2013.
The award highlights government accomplishments that set the standard on how technology can be used to improve government performance and strengthen citizen services. Ulman was chosen for his leadership on the development and construction of the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN).
"I'm honored to receive this award," Ulman said in a statement. "Howard County prides itself on innovation, and it's flattering to receive this national recognition. 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."
The award-winners are being recognized in the magazine's March issue.
Ulman was one of four elected officials to be chosen for the award, along with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, California Sen. Alex Padilla and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
"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," executive editor of Government Technology Steve Towns said in a statement.
The ICBN is a $115-million project, funded under the Recovery Act's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, to build a high-speed fiber optic network that will directly connect 715 anchor institutions, including hundreds of K-12 public schools, libraries, public safety agencies, community colleges and other government institutions.
In each of these communities, the network will also connect to existing networks with thousands more anchor institutions. Also, the ICBN will make available nearly 800 miles of fiber optic cable for low-cost lease by commercial entities to expand the reach and quality of broadband access throughout the region.
Howard County is responsible for managing $72 million from the grant for a consortium comprised of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Montgomery County and Prince George's County.