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Albemarle Ranks Fourth in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services

County Named in Top Ten for Eleven Years Running, is Top Ranked Virginia LocalityDigital Counties Survey Winner

For the eleventh 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 2013 Digital Counties Survey.   Albemarle County ranks fourth 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.  Albemarle County is the highest-ranking Virginia locality for this population category, ahead of Roanoke, Franklin and Gloucester Counties.

“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 Tom Foley in response to the county’s ranking. “This award, which puts us at the forefront of Virginia localities, reinforces our emphasis on using information and communication technology to create operational efficiencies and provide quality service to county residents.” 

The 2013 Digital Counties Survey is an annual study conducted by the Center for Digital Government  (CDG) and Government Technology — divisions of parent company e.Republic Inc. — in partnership with the National Association of Counties. The survey evaluates entrants on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes through the strategic use of technology.

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.

“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."

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 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. 

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