Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has 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 #8 in the 250,000-499,000 population category in the 2008 Digital Counties Survey. This is the fifth consecutive year the County has been awarded a top ten ranking (2004-2008).
“Residents have really embraced the options available to them through Dutchess County’s e-government services,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Residents, local businesses, municipalities and visitors are taking of advantage of the great online services available to them at http://www.dutchessny.gov/ every day, whether it is reserving a park facility or researching real estate property through Parcel Access.”
The 2008 Digital Counties Survey is an annual study by the Center and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Thousands of U.S. counties were invited to participate in the annual survey. The survey focused on more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models to identify how the county provided for innovation and change to transform business processes.
Office of Computer Information Systems (OCIS) Commissioner Timothy Mahler emphasized a spectrum of computer technologies ranging from Criminal Justice and Safety automation, such as new high-speed Sheriff’s mobile computers, to the ever-growing online services available for the public on the County Web Site http://www.dutchessny.gov/. One of the online services highlighted in this year’s survey were the latest enhancements to ParcelAccess, Dutchess County’s most popular eGovernment application. ParcelAccess, which services thousands of public and business users in Dutchess and beyond, now includes a property tax estimator, property photos, advanced search tools and scanned filed maps from our County Clerk.
Other key areas highlighted in the consideration for the award were:
Public accessibility to County information, records and meetings
County-wide strategies for deploying technologies
Computer Infrastructure/Network Architecture
GIS Intranet and Internet Services
“I’m pleased our ongoing efforts to enhance computer services for the public and county employees continue to pay off,” said Commissioner Mahler. “During these tough economic times and high fuel costs we need to continue to use automation to improve efficiencies within Dutchess County Government and bring information and county services to the homes and businesses of our constituents.”
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “Five consecutive years in the top ten for digitally advanced counties is a tremendous achievement and I commend the entire OCIS team for all their hard work and effort their continued excellence.”
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).