Results show that since the Digital Counties Survey's inception in 2003, the number of online services offered by participating counties increased by 12 percent.

The Center for Digital Government worked with the National Association of Counties to produce the 2005 Digital Counties Survey, which seeks innovative counties providing citizens with increased access to government information and services through information technology.

The survey separated counties by population into four categories: less than 150,000; 150,000-249,999; 250,000-499,999; and 500,000 or more.

The survey asked 22 questions to assess each county's overall approach to e-government solutions. The four winning counties showed they understand what it takes to shepherd county government into a digital future.

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Allowing citizens to apply for county jobs online is a growing service.

In Fairfax County, Va. -- winner of the 500,000 or more population category -- job seekers can only apply online for county employment. The Application Information Management System (AIMS) went live on Feb. 28, 2004 and collected more than 80,000 r

Sherry Watkins  |  Contributing Writer