DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 24,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the winners of the inaugural Governor’s Elevation Award at a luncheon held in their honor at the Governor’s Mansion. This prestigious award recognizes impressive results by state employees. The Awards were judged by a panel of private sector judges from across the state--including representatives from large and small companies in a variety of industries--for employee contributions to customer service and performance improvements.

Awards were given in two different categories: Superior Customer Service and High Impact Performance. Awardees were selected by a diverse panel of business leaders from around the state, providing an opportunity for private sector and industry to evaluate and assess state government processes. The judges were: Nick Adinolfe, operations manager at Global Harvest Foods in Akron; Ethan Gannett, senior director of engineering-mission critical solutions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Ft. Collins; Carla Scanniello, private wealth advisor at Morgan Stanley in Denver; and Page Tucker, CEO & president of Prostar Geocorp in Grand Junction.

Superior Customer Service Award Winner:

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the I-70 express lane project, which has reduced average travel times in the I-70 mountain corridor by 18 percent through the creation of the I-70 Mountain Express Lane - a wide shoulder that, only during peak travel periods, operates as a third travel lane. CDOT's successful implementation of this project led to stakeholder support and the lane opening on schedule.  

High Impact Performance Award Winner:

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for their work in improving immunization data exchange used by healthcare clinics, schools and childcare centers to interface with the State’s immunization registry. Under the old process, the average time to develop an interface was 9.5 months, leading to a backlog of 630 providers in the queue for the interface. CDPHE successfully cut the time to just four months and met a 2020 goal to connect 800 health clinics four years early.

“We in manufacturing work on process improvement as part of our daily work, but I didn't expect that in government,” said judge Nick Adinolfe. “I am surprised and impressed at the work going on to improve results."