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For Immediate Release: 10/6/2005 11:32:00 AM
Montgomery Ranks Fifth Nationally in Survey of Top Ranking Digital County Governments

A national survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) recently named Montgomery County 5th among the top-10 most technologically-advanced, cutting-edge county governments in the United States.

The 22 survey questions focused on how county governments are evolving in their use of information technology (IT) to deliver services to their citizens. Montgomery Countys ranking improved from last years survey when the County was 10th among jurisdictions with populations of half-million or more.

Weve been acknowledged for three consecutive years as being among the top ten counties in the nation for our technology achievements, said County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. We work hard to deliver quality services to our residents, and its nice to be recognized for that effort.

This survey is a good benchmark, and it confirms that were moving forward with new technology at the right pace to improve our online services, said Alisoun Moore, director of Montgomery Countys Department of Technology Services.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. A private organization based in Folsom, Calif., the Centers advisory services, online resources and special reports provide public- and private-sector leaders with decision support, knowledge and opportunities to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only organization representing county governments in the United States. NACo represents the nations 3,066 counties, acting as a liaison with other levels of government, working to improve public understanding of counties, serving as a national advocate for counties and providing them with resources to help them find innovative methods to meet the challenges they face.

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Release ID: 05-368
Media Contact: Donna Bigler 240-777-6530

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