Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) has once again named Dutchess County Government as one of the most digitally-advanced county governments in the country. Dutchess ranked #9 in the 250,000-499,000 population category in the 2007 Digital Counties Survey. This is the fourth consecutive year the County has been awarded a top ten ranking (2004-2007).
Dutchess County was honored at a national awards ceremony last night. County Executive Steinhaus, who is in Richmond, Virginia representing New York State at the annual NACo conference, accepted the award.
“Making e-government services readily available to the public is a top priority for Dutchess County Government. We are committed to continuously strengthening our service delivery to County residents through technology. Our OCIS team has designed advanced Internet applications used directly by residents, local businesses, municipalities and visitors to Dutchess County,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
He continued, “I am very proud to accept recognizing Dutchess County’s achievements in advanced technology. The real reward, however, is the glowing feedback from our residents who are taking advantage of the technological services we offer.”
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 a spectrum of county systems including the inhouse-developed ParcelAccess application. ParcelAccess is used by thousands of residents, municipal employees and businesses throughout Dutchess County and beyond. This highly regarded Geographic Information System (GIS) application is available at http://www.dutchessny.gov/ and provides on-line access to Real Property parcel and assessment data that is integrated with interactive county maps. Usage of ParcelAccess is at an all time high with more than 930,000 web pages accessed during the month of May.
Stated Mahler, “It’s rewarding to see that the County’s efforts to enhance computer services for the public and county employees are paying off. We will continue to use automation to improve efficiencies within Dutchess County Government and bring information and county services to the homes and businesses of our residents.”
Other key areas highlighted in the consideration for the award were:
- eGovernment Services for the Public
- County-wide strategies for deploying technologies
- Computer Infrastructure/Network Architecture
- Criminal Justice and Public Safety automation
- GIS Intranet and Internet Services
- Project Management
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “Congratulations on to our entire OCIS team for all of the work they do. This award is a well-deserved recognition of their achievements.”
Dutchess County was one of only three other counties in the Northeast that were acknowledged in the Digital Counties Survey. The other counties were Westchester County (500,000+) and Cumberland County, PA (150,000-249,000).