Albemarle County Press Release
For the twelfth 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 2014 Digital Counties Survey. Albemarle County ranks second 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, the highest ranking ever received by Albemarle.
“We are delighted to be included in the elite communities across the country which are receiving national recognition for providing quality information technology services to their citizens,” said Lee Catlin, Assistant to the County Executive, in response to the county’s ranking. “This award reinforces our emphasis on using information and communication technology to create operational efficiencies and provide quality service to county residents.”
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 dedication to public service and forging partnerships that proactively address rapidly changing citizen demands and expectations,” said CDG Executive Director Todd Sander. “Their ability to be continually innovative in an ever changing technology landscape is admirable and commendable.”
“Counties across the country are using technology to enhance services, maximize efficiency and save money,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew D. Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey recognizes counties’ best practices and effective uses of technology to better serve their communities.”