County Receives Digital Counties Award for Sixth Consecutive Year

by Jennifer Harris | Oct 10, 2019
Oct. 10, 2019: Montgomery County placed second in the nation and first in Virginia as leading digital county.
Members of the IT, GIS, and Public Information teams receive Digital Counties Award for the sixth consecutive year.The Montgomery County Information Technology Department placed second in the nation and first in Virginia as a leading digital county by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo). 

This is the sixth consecutive year that Montgomery County has been recognized as a digital leader in counties with populations of less than 150,000. The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors recently recognized the Director of the County’s Information Technology Department at a recent Board meeting. 
This year marked the 17th year of the annual Digital Counties Survey, which is conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo. 

The purpose of the annual survey is to identify best technology practices among U.S. counties, with emphasis being placed on initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and even reduce carbon emissions.

The survey results are based on 10 characteristics that comprise digital counties to include:

1. Open: Transparency/ Open Data / Data Governance;
2. Mobile: Mobility/ Mobile Applications;
3. Engaged: Social Media/ Portal/ Citizen Engagement;
4. Collaborative: Shared Services/Collaboration Initiatives;
5. Secure: Cybersecurity Measures/ Initiatives;
6. Staffed/ Supported: Hiring and Retaining Competent IT Personnel;
7. Connected: Broadband/Wireless Infrastructure;
8. Efficient: Budget/Cost Control/ Performance Measures;
9. Resilient: Disaster Recovery/ Continuity of Operations; and
10. Innovation and Best Practices.

"Innovative counties across the U.S. are leveraging technology and data to complete unique projects that better serve citizens, save taxpayer money and protect citizen data,"said Teri Takai, executive director, CDG. "The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their accomplishments to make government work for the citizens and businesses they serve."

"We applaud this year’s Digital Counties Survey winners for maximizing the value of technology in serving our residents," said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. 
"Technology plays an important role in achieving healthy, safe and vibrant counties. The Digital Counties Survey demonstrates how we embrace cutting-edge approaches to strengthening our communities."

For the full list of winners, visit the govtech.com website.