DCo Named National Top Ten Digital County!
By Les Hamashima
"...one of the best places in the country to live, do businesses and thrive economically"
Durham County (N.C.) has been named one of the Top Ten counties in the U.S. by The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) as they announced the winners of their 15th annual Digital Counties Survey. This marks the second time in three years Durham County has been tapped. The survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and even reduce carbon emissions.
"Durham is considered one of the nation's most progressive communities and is home to numerous high-tech companies.' said Wendell M. Davis, County Manager. 'Through the works of Durham County Government's Information Services and Technology Department, we continue to support opportunities for our community to be one of the best places in the country to live, do businesses and thrive economically.'
Greg Marrow, CIO for Durham County Government, added, 'We are working hard to ensure our citizens and our employees are able to engage with our organization effectively and securely. This means working together-internally and externally--to find ways to constantly improve both strategically and tactically.' The County's accomplishment was formally recognized in a August 28, 2017 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation's only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.
"Digital counties are leveraging technology to improve the ways they conduct business and engage with citizens in increasingly innovative and exciting ways," said Todd Sander, executive director, CDG. "The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year's winners for their work to reduce costs, encourage citizen engagement, increase efficiencies and proactively address citizen expectations."
The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.
"As technology continues to grow in all facets of our lives, county governments are adapting and innovating," said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. "The Digital Counties Survey spotlights how counties deploy technology to enhance services and benefit residents while being responsible stewards of taxpayer resources."