(Pittsburgh) November 3, 2016The office of Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, which
launched its OpenGov platform in May to provide interactive, up-to-date reports on County spending,
and other data, is a finalist for a Navigator Awardhonoring governmental IT and
Data Innovators from
Route Fifty, a digital publication covering government innovation.

“It is a huge honor to be recognized as being at the forefront of a national movement toward
more open,
transparent government, and an important mark for our County and region as they
seek to be seen as leaders in innovation and good government,” Wagner said. “I especially
want to congratulate
my Management Systems team, which transformed an antiquated
financial reporting system that didn’t meet the needs of internal users
or the public
into one that is now looked to as an example for other municipal governments to follow.”

Wagner’s office is one of ten finalists for a Navigator Award in the Data
and IT Innovators category from among state and municipal government offices
around the country, and one of 50 finalists across the five Navigator Award categories.

The Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at 7 p.m. on November 16
at the Heinz History Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

“It is fitting that the winners will be announced right here in Pittsburgh, as the City of Pittsburgh
is also nominated for an Award, and our region has become a global symbol for revitalization
through technology and innovation,” Wagner said. “It is important to note, though, that
there is much more work
to be done with regard to bringing our local governments into the
modern era. I have urged our largest public authorities, which spend more annually than the City or
County governments themselves, to embrace transparency through OpenGov or a similar platform.”

Controller Wagner’s OpenGov portal is accessible through her office’s Web site: www.AlleghenyController.com


Lou Takacs,
Communications Director