Board of County Commissioners
301 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301
(850) 606-5302 www.LeonCountyFL.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/28/2011
Jon D. Brown, Director
Community and Media Relations
Leon County Wins National Digital Counties Survey Award
NACo Names Leon County a Top 10 Award Recipient
Tallahassee, Fla. – The National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities program, recently announced that Leon County landed in the Top 10 counties worldwide in the Digital Counties Survey Awards for effectively economizing and innovatively using technology.
The Digital Counties Survey Awards recognize counties for their technology policies and practices. Ten winning spots are allocated for counties based on population.
"We always strive to exceed standards and expectations with our use of technology for Leon County, and it's very rewarding to be nationally recognized for our efforts," said Leon County Management Information Services (MIS) Director Pat Curtis. "Winning the Digital Counties Survey Award is a motivational force for us to both maintain and improve our economic and innovative strategies."
The annual Digital Counties Survey Awards program recognizes innovation and success in technology implemented by county governments. Recipients of the awards are divided into four categories, based on population, which ranked the Top 10 winners.
"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," said NACo Executive Director Larry E. Naake. "Especially important during these tough economic times, counties across the country are using innovative technologies to reduce county operation costs and enhance service delivery."
Survey responses indicate counties are effectively economizing and finding innovative ways of using technology to meet the higher demand for services during the trying economic time. According to Todd Sander, Executive Director of the Digital Communities program at the Center for Digital Government, counties are consolidating and sharing services to cut down on costs, and they are leveraging technology like virtualization to capture critical savings.
"I couldn't be more proud of our MIS department's achievements in positioning Leon County to win this prestigious award," said County Administrator Vincent S. Long. "Each year our MIS team continues to go above and beyond my expectations, providing support for our technology needs in addition to cost savings throughout the County. I look forward to seeing MIS continue in its excellence."
The Digital Counties Survey awards were handed out July 16 in Portland, Ore., in conjunction with the NACo's annual conference.