SOURCE: The Center for Digital Government

July 19, 2006 15:14 ET

Top U.S. Digital Counties Ranked for Use of Technology

FOLSOM, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2006 -- County governments are using Information Technology with greater and greater savvy each year, according to the 2006 Digital Counties Survey, an annual study by the Center for Digital Government (Center) and the National Association of Counties (NACo). To recognize their hard work and innovation, the survey's top digital counties will be honored at a national awards ceremony, which will coincide with NACo's national conference in Chicago, Illinois next month.

In April, all counties in the United States were invited to participate in the 2006 Digital Counties Survey. County officials responded to questions that included more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models.

The first-place winners in each of the four population categories are;

--  Orange County, Fla. (500,000 or more population category)
--  Richland County, S.C. (250,000-499,999 population)
--  Roanoke County, Va. (150,000-249,999 population)
--  Charles County, Md. (Less than 150,000 population).
    
View the full list of winners at www.centerdigitalgov.com

"In today's world, technology is essential for effective and efficient government," said NACo Executive Director Larry E. Naake. "County governments realize this and are using technology in new ways to improve the delivery of services to Americans. The Digital Counties Survey illustrates the innovation being pursued by counties across the country."

Center Executive Director Cathilea Robinett adds, "Counties continue to strive for excellence in serving their citizens. Our Digital Counties Survey showcases those counties most committed to service and innovation. Congratulations to all the winners!"

This year's survey was underwritten by Hyland Software, developers of OnBase, and CDW-G.

2006 Digital Counties Survey Contact:

Janet Grenslitt jgrenslitt@centerdigitalgov.com.

About Us

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. Their website is www.erepublic.com.

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 3,066 counties are heard and understood in the White House and Congress.

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