SOURCE: e.Republic

e.Republic

July 18, 2013 12:00 ET

Survey Finds U.S. Counties Leading the Way With Open Government, Citizen Engagement and Transparency

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 18, 2013) - The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have announced the 2013 Digital Counties Survey winners. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and efficiency. Here's a look at the first-place winners.

  • Montgomery County, Md., launched major open data initiatives that provide constituents with access to county information and established a formal innovation program.
  • Chesterfield County, Va., expanded its Wi-Fi network and started four social media outlets to interact directly with citizens.
  • Catawba County, N.C., leveraged partnerships with local governments to procure technology products and is forging new public-private partnerships to recycle raw materials for energy production.
  • Charles County, Md., reduced software costs by eliminating duplication in software functions by merging systems.

The survey, conducted by the CDG and Digital Communities program, in partnership with NACo, identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties.

"This year, counties found innovative ways to save 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. "That is why we highlight their efforts and share their success stories with others. Congratulations to all!"

"Counties across the country are aligning technology initiatives with executive strategic priorities to provide vital cost savings and administrative efficiencies," said NACo Executive Director Matthew D. Chase. "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."

Underwriters for this year's survey are CDW-G, Dell, EMC, McAfee, and Sprint.

CLICK HERE for the full listing of top 10 winners!

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is a full-service organization that provides legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance to county governments. Created in 1935, NACo continues to ensure that the nation's 3,068 counties are heard and understood in the White House and Congress. http://www.naco.org

NACo Contact: Jim Philipps 202/942-4220 jphilipps@naco.org