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Albemarle Moves Up to Fifth in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services

County Named in Top Ten for Eight Years Running

For the eighth 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 and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their 2010 Digital Counties Survey.   Albemarle County ranks fifth in the nation, up from sixth place last year, in utilizing information technology (IT) to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens based on a population category of 150,000 or less.

For 2010, the program's judging approach changed. Unlike years past, when participating governments put together an inventory of their cutting-edge technologies, this year the counties had to submit numerous explanatory narratives on why technologies deployed actually improved life for government employees, citizens or both, explained Todd Sander, director of the Center for Digital Government's Digital Communities program, the division that conducted the survey.

“We are delighted to be included in the elite communities across the country that are receiving national recognition for providing quality information technology services to their citizens,” said County Executive Bob Tucker 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 in these challenging times, as indicated by our 2009 website ROI (Return on Investment) report that outlined over $870,000 in savings and avoided costs attributed to the website.”  

The 2010 Digital Counties Survey is an annual study by the Center and the National Association of Counties (NACo) which identifies best practices and recognizes those counties with exemplary digital service to their citizens.

"Across America counties continue working to balance their local priorities with new responsibilities passed to them from the federal and state governments” said NACo Executive Director Larry E. Naake. “The Digital Counties Survey identifies the very best examples of how counties are aligning technology to support strategic priorities and create crucial operational and administrative efficiencies.”  

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of eRepublic, Inc., a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector.

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.

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