2011 Sunny Awards

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Date: March 2012

Sunshine Review announced the 112 winners of its 2nd annual "Sunny Awards" in March 2012. The 2011 awards, which more than doubled 2010's number, recognize the best state and local government websites in America that exceeded transparency standards.  The Sunny Awards announcement preludes the launch of "Sunshine Week," a period nationally recognized by hundreds of media and civic organizations, that celebrates the efforts of activists and the strides taken towards open government.

"Sunny Award winners deserve recognition for making information available to citizens and for setting a transparency standard that all governments can, and should, meet," said Mike Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. "Access to information empowers every citizen to hold government officials accountable. Official accountability is the cornerstone of self government and liberty."  

Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review analyzed the governmental transparency websites of all fifty states and 6,000 local governments. Last year, 41 websites earned grades of "A" transparency grades. Grading takes into account the proactive disclosure of information regarding budgets, meetings, elected and administrative officials, permits and zoning, audits, contracts, lobbying, public records, and taxes, as well as the ease of use and availability of information.

This year, Florida received more Sunny Awards than any other state, earning 20 awards.  Other leading states included: Texas (12), Utah (10), Illinois (7),Virginia (6) and California (5).  

2011 Sunny Award Winners

  • Austin Independent School District, Texas
  • Aiken County, South Carolina
  • Albany, Oregon
  • Albuqurque, New Mexico
  • Alexandria, Virginia
  • Anderson County, South Carolina
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Arlington Public Schools, Virginia
  • Beaverton, Oregon
  • Bonnerville Joint School District, Idaho
  • Brevard County, Florida
  • Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
  • Bryan, Texas
  • Burleson, Texas
  • California state website
  • Carbondale, Illinois
  • Chandler, Arizona
  • Charlotte County Public Schools, Florida
  • Clatyon County, Georgia
  • Clay County, Missouri
  • Cobb County, Georgia
  • Colorado state website
  • Columbia County, Georgia
  • Detroit Public Schools, Michigan
  • Douglas County, Colorado
  • Draper, Utah
  • DuPage County, Illinois
  • Duval County, Florida
  • Edmond Public Schools, Oklahoma
  • El Paso, Texas
  • El Paso County, Texas
  • Escambia County School District, Florida
  • Gloucester County, Virginia
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools, Michigan
  • Harris County, Texas
  • Henry County, Georgia
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida
  • Howard County Public Schools, Maryland
  • Holmen School District, Wisconsin
  • Houston, Texas
  • Huntsville, Texas
  • Indian River School District, Florida
  • Indiana state website
  • Jefferson County, Alabama
  • Johnson County, Kansas
  • Jordan School District, Utah
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Keller, Texas
  • La Porte, Texas
  • Lake County, Illinois
  • Las Cruces Public Schools, New Mexico
  • Lee County, Florida
  • Los Angeles County, California
  • Madison County, Illinois
  • Maine state website
  • Manor, Texas
  • Marion County Public Schools, Florida
  • Massachusetts state website
  • Mathews County, Virginia
  • McHenry County, Illinois
  • McKinney Independent School District, Texas
  • Miami, Florida
  • New Hope-Solebury School District, Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey state website
  • Orange County Public Schools, Florida
  • Oregon state website
  • Osceola County School District, Florida
  • Owasso, Oklahoma
  • Palm Beach County, Florida
  • Palm Beach County School District, Florida
  • Park City, Utah
  • Pennsylvania state website
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Pickens School District, South Carolina
  • Pinal County, Arizona
  • Pinellas County, Florida
  • Pocatello-Chubbuck School District, Idaho
  • Polk County School District, Florida
  • Provo, Utah
  • Putnam County, Florida
  • Richmond County, Georgia
  • Riverton, Utah
  • Salem, Oregon
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Salt Lake City School District, Utah
  • Salt Lake County, Utah
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Francisco County, California
  • Sauk Prairie School District, Wisconsin
  • Scott County, Iowa
  • Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska
  • Seminole County Public Schools, Florida
  • Spartanburg County School District 3, South Carolina
  • St. Charles Parish, Louisiana
  • St. Johns County School District, Florida
  • St. Lucie County School Board, Florida
  • Sumter County, Florida
  • Surprise, Arizona
  • Taylorsville, Utah
  • Tennessee state website 
  • Topeka, Kansas
  • Township High School District 211, Illinois
  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma
  • Volusia County Schools, Florida
  • Washington state website
  • West Jordan, Utah
  • Will County, Illinois
  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Virginia
  • Wilmette, Illinois
  • Wisconsin state website
  • York County, Virginia

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