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Chesterfield Among Leading ‘Digital Counties’

July 28, 2017
Information Systems Technology

Digital Counties Survey WinnerCHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County continues to set an example for the innovative use of technology in local government. Chesterfield placed third on the Digital Counties Survey among counties nationwide with populations between 250,000 and 499,000. 

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties recently announced the winners of its 15th Annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline service delivery, encourage collaboration, enhance cybersecurity and other factors. Chesterfield has held the coveted top spot in its category several times, including in the 2015 Digital Counties Survey. 

“We are very proud to remain among the county’s top digital counties,” Chief Information Officer Barry Condrey said. “The Digital Counties Survey is one way we measure our effectiveness at enhancing programs and services through technology. We are continually challenging ourselves to find better ways to provide local government services while we engage with those we serve.” 

Survey judges identified a wide range of efforts across several areas in determining Chesterfield’s ranking. They identified how the county’s open data and cross-agency collaboration efforts are aligned with the county’s strategic plan and how the county is reducing redundancies by using cloud computing. They also recognized Chesterfield’s ongoing collaboration with regional and state entities, particularly in public safety, where, for example, the Police Department uses Google Groups to share alerts. Another example was the development of a cloud-based recruiting tool that helped shave a vacancy rate in the Information Systems Technology Department by 16 percent. 

“Change is the nature of technology, so we must continually evolve how we apply technology to enhance the delivery and cost effectiveness of local government services and programs,” County Administrator Joe Casey said. “This recognition speaks to the Board of Supervisors’ commitment to effective and accessible government and our workforce’s devotion to refining how we do things and how citizens can be actively involved."



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