Montgomery County Honored for Initiatives that Strengthen Communities and Improve Services to Citizens

Center for Digital Government survey recognizes most innovative digital counties of 2016.

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) announced the winners of the 14th annual Digital Counties Survey. Montgomery County tied for second place in the nation with Fairfax County among jurisdictions with populations exceeding 500,000 people. Montgomery is the only County to be ranked in the Top 10 by CDG and NACo in each of the past 14 years.

From the Montgomery County Press Release,

The County was recognized for its digital government strategy, open government, and innovation achievements. Montgomery County’s digital government strategy supported the County’s move to more cost-effective cloud-based services and support for County communications systems.

“Our open-government initiatives have enabled the County to field our 3 millionth service request through MC311, have received White House recognition for our Police Data initiative, and have earned the County numerous national awards for our financial transparency applications – including allowing the public to see all County expenditures and budgets in open formats,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “We continued our innovative efforts by opening the region’s first Internet of Things Lab – “Thingstitute” and attracting advanced industries that want 100-gigabit service available in the County.”

The survey, conducted by CDG and the Digital Communities program in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that save tax dollars through newfound efficiencies; boost transparency, cybersecurity and engagement; or innovate through unique and exciting projects.

“Modern technology allows counties across the country to innovate, providing citizens with smarter, more cost-effective services,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey recognizes county innovations that truly benefit our communities and, by extension, America.”

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media-and-research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

NACo unites America’s 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.

Read the full press release for more information.

For a full list of winners, click here.

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