Benson awarded for public service

State Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake) was honored Nov. 1 with a 2012 Tekne Award for Public Service.

State Sen. Michelle Benson
State Sen. Michelle Benson

The Tekne Awards are sponsored by the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) which represents more than 350 technology companies and organizations from across the state.

“Minnesota must apply the best practices from both the public and private sector to reform and redesign government,” Benson said. “Technology will be a critical component of continually improving government.”

The Minnesota High Tech Association created this award to honor businesses and individuals who provide outstanding service to advance technology and innovation in Minnesota.

Benson has been singled out for her efforts and leadership in consolidating Minnesota’s information technology services and advancing technology and innovation within state government.

“I was proud to carry two bills that used proven technology to detect welfare and Medicaid fraud,” Benson said.

“As a member of the OET oversight group I have seen technology transformation at work.”

In addition to featuring the second class of Public Service Award winners and the induction of the fifth class into the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame, 15 companies were awarded as outstanding innovators among 44 finalists.

More information on the Tekne Awards can be found on the MHTA website.