SOURCE: e.Republic, Inc.

July 15, 2008 17:21 ET

Recognition: Survey Ranks Top U.S. Counties with Outstanding Use of Technology

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - e.Republic's Center for Digital Government (Center) has completed this year's evaluation of America's top digital county governments. This year's Digital Counties Survey found many counties using information technology in increasingly innovative ways and improving service to their citizens.

The 2008 Digital Counties Survey is an annual study by the Center and the National Association of Counties (NACo). To recognize the hard work and innovation of the best governments, the survey's top digital counties were honored at a national awards ceremony which coincided with NACo's national conference in Kansas City, Missouri, July 11-15, 2008.

Center Executive Director, Cathilea Robinett said, "The Digital Counties Survey continues to document the technological progress and innovation of county governments. Improved service to citizens and more efficient use of government resources are the results. Congratulations to all the winners."

Thousands of U.S. counties were invited to participate in the Survey. County officials responded to questions that included more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models.

First-place winners in each of the four population categories are:

     San Diego County, California (500,000 or more population category)
     Loudoun County, Virginia (250,000 - 499,999 population)
     Frederick County, Maryland (150,000-249,999 population)
     Charles County, Maryland (Less than 150,000 population)	
View the full list of winners at www.centerdigitalgov.com

This year's survey was underwritten by Hyland Software, developers of OnBase, CDW-G and Microsoft. All companies are proud partners of county governments across America.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, Inc., a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector. See www.erepublic.com.

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