Microsoft 5th Annual Government Showcase Award WinnerFor each of the past 5 years since 1999, Microsoft Corporation has selected a few outstanding public sector information technology projects for special recognition. The Microsoft Government Solutions Showcase Award recognizes "an exemplary solution for the public sector" and is Microsoft's way to salute a government organization "for demonstrating a highly effective and innovative use of information technology in performing its mission and providing superior service to citizens." These annual awards are presented at the Government Technology Conference in Sacramento. This year in 2004, Microsoft recognized Sutter County for developing the Property Tax and Records Query Extranet Project. After 18 months of planning and 9 months of development, Sutter County went live with the Property and Tax Records Query Project in April of 2004. The long awaited solution to a frustrating organizational issue that crossed between three different departmental systems with data on two different technology platforms, was primarily designed to assist external customers who have high-volume transactional needs with Sutter County. The project was completed on-time and under budget, and is considered a huge success. Awards were presented to Bernadette Kucharczuk, Dave Miyachi and Jeff Barton. Bernadette was the Director of the Information Technology department and was the key individual to get this project into motion and provided administrative leadership and guidance throughout. Dave is the Systems Analyst Supervisor for the Sutter County Web Technologies Group and provided the technical leadership, analysis, design and prototype for the project. Jeff is a Programming Analyst for the Web Technologies Group and was the principal developer for the project. The latest Microsoft .NET technologies were employed for the project implementation and have proven to be an effective development and deployment platform.