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Posted on: August 27, 2021

Chesterfield Ranks No. 2 Among Leading ‘Digital Counties’

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Aug. 27, 2021

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — For the 12th consecutive year, Chesterfield County continues to set an example for the innovative use of technology in local government, earning the second spot in the 2021 Digital Counties Survey. This is the seventh consecutive year being ranked in the top three among counties nationwide with populations between 250,000 and 499,000. Additionally, the county has placed in the top 10 each year, since 2010, including four times ranked as number one.

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties recently announced the winners of the 19th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage open data, collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response and recovery efforts. 

“We are very proud to be one of the country’s top digital counties,” said Barry Condrey, Chesterfield’s chief information officer since 2006. “Our citizens can rest assured that we challenge ourselves each day to find better ways to deliver local government information and services made possible by the support of the Board of Supervisors.”

Survey judges identified a wide range of efforts across several areas in determining Chesterfield’s ranking. The survey notes that Chesterfield’s “strong and swift pandemic response in 2020 meant that IT was not only able to support employees’ move to remote work, but also maintain momentum with county projects already underway.” Examples that were highlighted were “the rollout of a popular electronic permit and plan submission process; modernization of an outdated appraisal system; kiosks for tax payment and other financial collections; and a new, custom-built Vaccine Administration and Reporting System.”

The Digital Counties Survey is conducted annually in the spring. All U.S. counties are invited to participate in the survey, which examines each county’s comprehensive technology plans and programs. 

The county’s Information Systems Technology Department was recognized at the Aug. 26 Board of Supervisors meeting.

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