We’re #1

The Center for Digital Government has posted the results of its 2010 Digital Counties Survey and -- drum roll, please -- Montgomery County was rated first in the country for counties of 500,000 population and more (Press Release)

This was the first year that it was not about IT technologies alone, but the impact of the adoption of technologies and the resulting benefits to the organization and citizens.    

"Being recognized as the top digital government in the nation is an honor, and it is a reflection of my commitment to making Montgomery County government more responsive and accessible to the people who live here,” said County Executive Ike Leggett who joined Chief Administrative Officer Timothy Firestine in congratulating the County’s Chief Information Officer E. Steve Emanuel (next to Leggett in photo) and his Department of Technology Services team, including Victoria Lewis who holds the award. 

In an article on the winners in Government Technology, Todd Sander, director of the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Communities program that conducted the survey, said, “Projects that were motivated to bring transparency got high marks from the judges, and one such project put Montgomery County in first place in the 500,000 or more population category. The county measured its IT functionality against benchmarks and published the data on its portal, unlike some other applicants.”

The Digital Counties Survey is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) annually in the spring.  All U.S. counties are invited to participate, and the awards are presented during NACO’s annual conference each July. Last year Montgomery County tied for second place with Sacramento County, CA.

The full article on the 2010 winners is at

County Receives State Award for Promoting Transportation Options

Governor Martin O’Malley recently awarded MCDOT his 2010 Smart, Green and Growing Award for encouraging transportation choices. The award praised Transit’s Commuter Services’ efforts and Traffic’s Advanced Transportation Management System.

The County was commended for creating Transportation Management Districts; developing incentives to employers who help fund employees’ transit costs or telework programs; and effectively marketing transit, the Guaranteed Ride Home program, and bike-to-work events.

MCDOT was also recognized for its Advanced Transportation Management System. By locating Ride On central communications with the traffic and emergency operations centers, the County efficiently uses intelligent transportation components to monitor conditions, adjust traffic signals, respond to incidents, and re-route buses when necessary.

For more information, go to the MCDOT’s website or call 311.

County Liquor Control’s “Keeping It Safe” Program Recognized by National Association of Counties

Montgomery County’s Department of Liquor Control (DLC) has received a 2010 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for its “Keeping It Safe (KIS),” program. A comprehensive educational program aimed at both the hospitality industry and the community, the KIS initiative is comprised of numerous awareness programs and tools, and is a model for the state of Maryland.

KIS tools include training and distributing information to adults in the community, including identification checking calendars, point-of-sale signage, monthly bulletins promoting responsible hospitality, and under 21 alcohol prevention information. All resources are grant funded and offered free of cost.

NACo’s annual awards program recognizes efforts by local jurisdictions that promote responsible, responsive, and effective county government. This is the third straight year that DLC has won achievement awards for its community outreach programs.

For more information, contact Kathie Durbin at DLC, 240-777-1917.

Consumer Protection Director Named by Governor to State’s Collection Agency Licensing Board

Eric Friedman, director of Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection, has been appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to serve a four-year term as a consumer representative on Maryland’s Collection Agency Licensing Board within the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of Financial Regulation.

The board has statutory responsibility for the licensing of collection agencies operating in Maryland and addresses written complaints, conducts hearings on alleged violations, mediates disputes, and issues orders requiring licensees to correct violations. Comprised of two consumer representatives and two industry representatives, the board informs both licensees and the public about abusive debt collection practices.

POSTED AT: Friday, July 23, 2010 | 2:00:00 AM |
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