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|William R. Steinhaus, County Executive|
Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) has 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 2005 Digital Counties Survey. Dutchess County will be honored, in absentia, at a national awards ceremony in Hawaii, this month.
“We are absolutely committed to the improvement of our technology to enhance county services,” said County Executive Steinhaus, “We must balance our investment dollars and resources with the achievement of effective, worthwhile results.”
He continued, “That is why this award is so gratifying. It validates our strategy for investing wisely while continually strengthening our service delivery through technology.”
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 Geographic Information System (GIS), which is considered a strong component of Dutchess County’s technology system.
According to Mahler, “Our strategy has involved integrating GIS throughout our applications and making GEOACCESS mapping features available throughout the county’s web site. Users of the system, including the public, can easily click on a “MAP” button and quickly identify locations of interest. We also have an in-house developed GIS initiative called IMAGIS where data “layers” are available to analyze prospective projects, enabling the user to make more informed decisions.” IMAGIS has been made available to 20 municipalities and the usage is increasing daily.
Other key areas highlighted in the consideration for the award were:
- Web Site Services / eGovernment 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 a hardware infrastructure to support the new countywide applications.
Mr. Steinhaus concluded, “I am very proud of our talented OCIS employees, led by Commissioner Mahler, as well as the numerous other county employees involved in these enhanced technology efforts. This massive undertaking requires extensive collaboration among many departments, leadership and facilitation from project leaders and department heads, and a positive ‘can do’ attitude. All of which are embodied in the recognition provided with this award.”