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.”
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.