SACRAMENTO, CA. – Jul. 16, 2012 – 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!”

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"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, MN10th 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.