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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
Dutchess County Shines in National Spotlight
Ranked Top Ten for Technological Advancement
Poughkeepsie... “For the eighth consecutive year, Dutchess County Government has been nationally recognized as one of the most technologically-advanced county governments in the nation,” announced Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus. Dutchess County again captured the #5 ranking in the 250,000-499,999 population category in the 2011 Digital Counties Survey conducted jointly by The Center for Digital Government, Government Technology and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Dutchess County Government has held a top ten national technological ranking every year since 2004.
“These challenging economic times have made it more important than ever for us to be innovative and find new ways to use technology to keep up with the needs of our residents and businesses,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “We have kept a sharp focus on technological initiatives that support our County mission and deliver cost effectiveness for our county property taxpayers.”
The Digital Counties Survey recognizes leading counties using information and communication technology. Best electronic practices among counties nationwide are identified by the Center for Digital Government in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo). This year’s survey focused on results achieved by county governments through the use of technology- in terms of both operating efficiencies and realizing strategic objectives.
“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.”
Dutchess County Government has been uniquely successful in bringing together county departments as well as other municipal agencies to develop project initiatives that deliver operational efficiencies and cost savings. Some of the examples included in Dutchess County’s award winning submission include:
“It’s gratifying to continue to be recognized for the work we do and for collaborations with many departments” said OCIS Commissioner Timothy Mahler. “I'm so pleased and grateful for the ongoing team work by our staff which allows us to improve and expand computer services throughout the county.”
“Dutchess County continues to find innovative ways to expand services to the public, increase employee productivity and at the same time reduce operational expenses. We could not achieve this without an impressive group of employees who continue to look for new ways to work smarter and deliver more to our residents. Thanks to their continued hard work and dedication, Dutchess County continues to shine in the national spotlight,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.
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