foundation which supports every government leader, service provider and decision-maker throughout the entire enterprise. Within our region, we consistently strive to partner with the state of Arizona and city of Phoenix to build a transparent intergovernmental 'Digital Desert' culture."

"This award shows that Maricopa County is leading the way into the 21st century, providing information and services to its citizens through state-of-the-art technology," added Fulton Brock, chairman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Rounding out the top ten behind Prince William County in the 250,000-499,999 population category are Dakota County, Minn.; Johnson County, Kan.; Lee County, Fla., and Seminole County, Fla. (tied for fourth); Ada County, Idaho and Volusia County, Fla. (tied for fifth); Greenville County, S.C., and Sarasota County, Fla. (tied for sixth); Lucas County, Ohio; Utah County, Utah; Imperial Polk County, Fla.; and Washtenaw County, Mich.

Rounding out the top ten behind York County, S.C. in the 150,000-249,999 population category are Leon County, Fla.; McLean County, Ill.; Frederick County, Md.; Clermont County, Ohio; Hamilton County, Ind.; Racine County, Wis.; Jackson County, Ore.; Carroll County, Md.; Cumberland County, Pa., and El Dorado County, Calif. (tied for tenth).

Rounding out the top ten behind Charles County, Md., in the less than 150,000 population category are Florence County, S.C., Hernando County, Fla., and Sutter County, Calif. (tied for second); Stearns County, Minn.; Cochise County, Ariz.; and Skagit County, Wash.; Blue Earth County, Minn.; Albemarle County, Va.; Steuben County, N.Y.; Randolph County, N.C.; Eagle County, Colo., Pennington County, S.D., and Stanly County, N.C. (tied for tenth).

In recognition of their achievements, the top-ranked counties will be honored at NACo's annual conference and exposition on July 13 in Milwaukee. In August, the Center will publish a Best of Breed report with profiles of some of the most innovative, cutting-edge programs gleaned from the Digital Counties Survey.