Montgomery County has been named America’s sixth ranked digital government in the United States by The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Montgomery County received sixth place honors in the competition for jurisdictions with populations of 500,000 or greater. This marks the 10th year in a row that Montgomery County has placed in the top 10 in this highly competitive ranking.
“We’ve been acknowledged for 10 consecutive years as being among the top ten counties in the nation for our technology achievements,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “We work hard to deliver quality services to our residents, and it is an honor to be recognized for that effort.”
The Digital Counties Survey recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology and evaluates entrants on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes through the strategic use of technology. Ten winners were named in each of four population-based categories. The winning counties carried out strategies with measurable benefits that aligned with county priorities. Successful programs also showed progress over the previous year, utilized innovative solutions, and revealed a commitment to collaboration within and outside their organization. The self-reported survey is judged by a panel of experts.
“Montgomery County Government’s continued placement among the top ten digital counties in the nation by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties is validation of the County’s continued commitment to be a responsive, accountable and open County Government,” said Montgomery County Chief Information Officer Harash (Sonny) Segal. “This award acknowledges the many ways the County is successfully leveraging technology to extend its services to consumers virtually anywhere at any time on commonly available platforms.”
“This year, counties are focused on saving money where they can by simplifying their information technology infrastructure and sharing systems with other governments,” said Center for Digital Government Executive Director Todd Sander. “Many of them have found ways to provide better information security, transparency and citizen engagement with innovative uses of social media and advanced decision support tools.”
"Counties across the country are aligning technology initiatives with executive strategic priorities to provide vital cost savings and administrative efficiencies," said NACo Executive Director Larry E. Naake. "The Digital Counties Survey identifies best practices and innovative uses of technology crucial with today's constrained budgets to maintaining and even improving service levels."
The 2012 Digital Counties Survey is a study by the Center for Digital Technology and the National Association of Counties taken annually in the spring. All U.S. counties are invited to participate. The full list of 2012 winners can be viewed at www.digitalcommunities.com/survey/counties/.
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