Montgomery County has moved into third place this year in an annual ranking of the top-10 most technologically-advanced, cutting-edge county governments in the United States. The ranking was compiled by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of counties (NACo). Last year, Montgomery ranked fifth in the nation among jurisdictions with populations of half-million or more.

The ranking is based on results of a national survey which includes 22 questions focused on how county governments are evolving in their use of information technology (IT) to deliver services to their citizens.

"Montgomery County's rise in this annual ranking of jurisdictions confirms that we're moving forward with new technology at the right pace to improve our online services," said Alisoun Moore, director of the County's Department of Technology Services. "It's nice to be recognized for our efforts to provide convenient and accessible quality services to our residents."

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. A private organization based in Folsom, Calif., the Center's advisory services, online resources and special reports provide public- and private-sector leaders with decision support, knowledge and opportunities to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only organization representing county governments in the United States. NACo represents the nation's 3,066 counties, acting as a liaison with other levels of government, working to improve public understanding of counties, serving as a national advocate for counties and providing them with resources to help them find innovative methods to meet the challenges they face.