For the 13th year in a row, Albemarle County has been named among the top ten most technologically advanced, cutting edge county governments of its size in the U.S. by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their 2015 Digital Counties Survey.
Albemarle County, which competed with over 400 counties nationwide, ranks seventh in the nation in utilizing information technology to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens based on a population category of 150,000 or less.
“We are delighted to be included with the top most innovative, pioneering counties in the nation,” said Lee Catlin, Assistant County Executive for Community Relations, in response to the county’s ranking. “This award reinforces our emphasis on using information and communication technology to improve citizen access and convenience and to operate more efficiently and productively.”
The annual survey evaluates entrants on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes through the strategic use of technology and recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. 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 of their organization. The self-reported survey is judged by a panel of experts.
“Congratulations to this year’s winners for their work to continually innovate in an ever-changing technology landscape and proactively address citizen demands and expectations,” said Center for Digital Government Executive Director Todd Sander.
“Counties across the country are harnessing technology to enhance services, maximize efficiency and save money,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey recognizes county innovation that strengthens communities and builds a stronger America.”