Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) has again named Dutchess County government as #8 in the nation as one of the most digitally-advanced county governments in the country. Dutchess was recognized in the 250,000-499,000 population category in the 2006 Digital Counties Survey. The County held the same #8 ranking in 2005 and the #10 ranking in 2004.
Dutchess County will be honored at a national awards ceremony today. The County Executive, who is in Chicago representing New York State at the annual NACo conference, will accept the award.
The County Executive said, “I am very pleased to accept this award recognizing Dutchess County’s achievements in implementing advanced technology services benefiting government operations and the residents we serve.”
He continued, “The County is committed to making e-government services available to the public and leading the way for streamlining the process.”
One of the requirements for award consideration was to identify how the county provided for innovation and change to transform business processes and service delivery through computer technologies. Office of Computer Information Systems (OCIS) Commissioner Timothy Mahler emphasized the highly regarded County Website and Geographic Information System (GIS), which are considered strong components of Dutchess County’s technology strategy.
According to Mahler, “The County Website is the key to providing e-government services and information to the public. One service example is our newest website application, ParcelAccess, which has been a huge success. This new on-line service provides residents, property owners, professionals, and prospective buyers access to map-based parcel and assessment information without leaving their homes and offices. The public’s feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Currently over 400,000 ParcelAccess web pages are served per month.”
Other key areas highlighted in the consideration for the award were:
- Web Site Services/e-Government Services
- County-wide strategies for deploying technologies
- Computer Infrastructure/Network
- Criminal Justice and Public Safety automation
- GIS Intranet and Internet Services
- Project Management
Also reviewed by the judges were three countywide projects currently underway, including a financial management/human resources system, new “integrated” applications that span the county’s criminal justice and public safety departments, and Website e-government applications that support local Parks and Recreation, Arts and Culture.
Mr. Steinhaus concluded, “I am proud of our team and the work they do, and encourage them to continue to move forward with Dutchess County’s innovative approach to technology.”