Chesterfield among counties leading way with open government, citizen engagement

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties have announced the 2013 Digital Counties Survey winners. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and efficiency. Chesterfield County was one of the first-place winners, recognized for its expanded WiFi network and for developing four social media outlets to interact directly with residents.

The survey was conducted by the CDG, in partnership with NACo, and is used to help identify the best technology practices among U.S. counties.

“This year, counties found innovative ways to save money where they can by simplifying their information technology infrastructure and sharing systems with other governments,” said Center for Digital Government Executive Director Todd Sander. “That is why we highlight their efforts and share their success stories with others.”

“Counties across the country are aligning technology initiatives with executive strategic priorities to provide vital cost savings and administrative efficiencies,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew D. Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey identifies best practices and innovative uses of technology crucial with today’s constrained budgets to maintaining and even improving service levels.”

“We’re pleased that Chesterfield County continues to be recognized by national organizations as one of the most cost-effective, open and transparent local governments in the country. Under the Board of Supervisors’ direction, we are committed to remaining a leader when it comes to sharing information with our residents and being the most efficient, top-quality provider among our peers in Virginia,” said County Administrator James J. L. Stegmaier.

Other first place winners include:
Montgomery County, Md; Catawba County, N.C.; and Charles County, Md.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

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 3,068 counties are heard and understood in the White House and Congress. http://www.naco.org.

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