Counties Highlight IT Successes at NACo Conference

Electronic filing for property statements and RFID tracking of election ballots draw attention.

by , / September 9, 2008

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IT Action at NACo
County leaders recently descended on Kansas City, Mo., for the National Association of Counties' (NACo) annual conference. Government IT officials shared project stories at the event's Technology Summit.

For instance, Orange County, Calif., Assessor Webster Guillory reported his success at getting most California assessors' offices to jointly fund and build a property statement electronic filing system. Reducing paper files enabled workers to research a property statement in just a few minutes, compared to roughly 20 minutes in the past, said Guillory.

Also, Alameda County, Calif., now tracks all paper ballots during elections using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. David MacDonald, director of IT and registrar of voters for Alameda County, insists RFID tags prevent ballots from mysteriously disappearing on election nights.

The NACo conference also featured the Center for Digital Government's Digital Counties Survey Awards Ceremony. The survey highlighted four categories of IT excellence based on population size. Charles County, Md., took a top honor for its service delivery tracking system, among other accomplishments. Frederick County, Md., got a nod for achievements like its new Web portal delivering public meetings through video streaming and podcasts. Loudoun County, Va., snagged a top honor with the help of its new open source Web content management system, and San Diego County, Calif., took the fourth top award, partially due to its exhaustive Web portal overhaul.

-- Andy Opsahl, Features Editor


Digital Counties Survey Winners

Each year, the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties recognize counties that excel in using technology innovatively to better serve constituents. The 2008 winners are:


500,000 or more population:
1. San Diego County, Calif.
2. Anne Arundel County, Md.; Oakland County, Mich. (tie)
3. Fairfax County, Va.
4. Westchester County, N.Y.
5. King County, Wash.; Orange County, Fla. (tie)
6. Sacramento County, Calif.
7. Tulsa County, Okla.
8. Montgomery County, Md.; Wake County, N.C. (tie)
9. Prince George's County, Md.
10. Orange County, Calif.

250,000-499,999 population:

1. Loudoun County, Va.
2. Richland County, S.C.
3. Dakota County, Minn.
4. Howard County, Md.
5. Placer County, Calif.
6. Prince William County, Va.
7. Douglas County, Colo.; Hamilton County, Ind. (tie)
8. Dutchess County, N.Y.
9. Washtenaw County, Mich.
10. Utah County, Utah

150,000-249,999 population:
1. Frederick County, Md.
2. Roanoke County, Va.
3. Scott County, Iowa
4. Dona Ana County, N.M.
5. Yuma County, Ariz.
6. Racine County, Wis.
7. Peoria County, Ill.
8. Cumberland County, Pa.
9. Leon County, Fla.
10. Ottawa County, Mich.

Less than 150,000 population:
1. Charles County, Md.
2. Stearns County, Minn.
3. Nevada County, Calif.
4. Boone County, Mo.
5. Skagit County, Wash.; Gloucester County, Va. (tie)
6. Olmsted County, Minn.
7. Geauga County, Ohio; Randolph County, N.C. (tie)
8. Napa County, Calif.
9. Albemarle County, Va.
10. Delaware County, Ohio; Sutter County, Calif. (tie) Hot List

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Andy Opsahl

Andy Opsahl is a former writer and features editor for Government Technology magazine.

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