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Overcoming the Odds: Survey Finds U.S. Counties Leading the Way With Technology Despite Fewer Resources

SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/16/12 -- Fairfax County, Virginia; Dutchess County, New York; County of Sussex, New Jersey and Charles County, Maryland are all first place winners in the 2012 Digital Counties Survey which recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology. E.Republic's Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities program, in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), identify best technology practices among counties nationwide, regardless of size.

Center for Digital Government Executive Director, Todd Sander, said, "This year counties are focused on saving money where they can by simplifying their information technology infrastructure and sharing systems with other governments. Many of them have found ways to provide better information security, transparency and citizen engagement with innovative uses of social media and advanced decision support tools. Congratulations to the winners!"

"Counties across the country are aligning technology initiatives with executive strategic priorities to provide vital cost savings and administrative efficiencies," said NACo Executive Director Larry E. Naake. "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."

This year's survey was underwritten by CDW-G; Cisco; Motorola; Quest Software; and Symantec.

Congratulations to the 2012 Digital Counties Survey Winners!

500,000 or more population:

1st  Fairfax County, VA
2nd  Oakland County, MI
3rd  Palm Beach County, FL
4th  County of San Diego, CA
5th  Bexar County, TX
5th  King County, WA
6th  Montgomery County, MD
7th  Orange County, FL
8th  Fulton County, GA
8th  Sacramento County, CA
9th  Baltimore County, MD
9th  Tulsa County, OK
10th Hennepin County, MN
10th Wake County, NC

250-499,999 population:

1st  Dutchess County, NY
2nd  Washoe County, NV
3rd  Dakota County, MN
4th  Douglas County, CO
5th  Chesterfield County, VA
6th  Clackamas County, OR
7th  Loudoun County, VA
8th  Hamilton County, IN
9th  Washtenaw County, MI
10th Anoka County, MN
10th Ottawa County, MI

150-249,999 population:

1st  County of Sussex, NJ
2nd  Cumberland County, PA
3rd  St. Tammany Parish, LA
4th  Gaston County, NC
5th  Lackawanna County, PA
6th  Catawba County, NC
7th  Doña Ana County, NM
8th  Cabarrus County, NC
9th  Boone County, MO
10th Davidson County, NC
10th Onslow County, NC

Less than 150,000 population:

1st  Charles County, MD
2nd  Nevada County, CA
3rd  Roanoke County, VA
4th  County of Allegan, MI
5th  Napa County, CA
6th  County of Albemarle, VA
7th  Polk County, WI
8th  Franklin County, VA
9th  County of Moore, NC
10th Gloucester County, VA

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. http://www.naco.org

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