November 22, 2011 By News Report
Nevada County, Calif., -- first-place finisher in the less than 150,000 population category -- received its 2011 Digital Counties Award in a special presentation recently. The county has been a top five finisher in the survey every year since 2004.
Pictured, back row from left:
Steve Monaghan, Chief Information Officer; Sebastian Roberts, GIS Analyst; Hank Weston, District 4 Supervisor; Ted Owens, District 5 Supervisor; Craig Porter, Information Systems Manager; Diana Carolan, IS Manager; Tom Naramore, IS Manager; Cynthia Soszka, GIS Analyst; Phil Salter, GIS Technician; Nate Beason, District 1 Supervisor; Terry Lamphier, District 3 Supervisor
Front: Chair/District 2 Supervisor Ed Scofield. Rick Joyer of Quest Software presented the award.
Digital Communities Director, Todd Sander said, “Survey responses indicate counties are effectively economizing and finding innovative ways of using technology to meet the higher demand for services during this trying economic time. Counties are consolidating and sharing services to cut down on costs and leveraging technology like virtualization to capture critical savings. Congratulations to the winners!”
“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 operations costs and enhance service delivery.”
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.