Leon County Government Awarded Technology Honors
One of the top ranked Florida counties, Leon County exceeds national benchmarks
For five consecutive years, Leon County has earned top honors by harnessing technology to increase services and efficiencies for its citizens. This year, the County ranked among the top 5 in the nation in its population category, according to the 2017 Digital Counties Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo).
“Technology is an important part of how we serve our citizens. From the County’s ambulances, libraries, and online services, technology puts important programs in front of those who need them most,” said Leon County Commission Chairman John E. Dailey.
The annual survey evaluates how counties use information, communications and digital technologies to serve their citizens and streamline operations. Survey questions were asked in a variety of areas such as computing, networking, applications, data and cyber security, open government and mobile services. A panel of experts judged hundreds of submissions. The results identify the very best examples of counties that are aligning technology to support strategic priorities.
Leon County is dedicated to providing reliable, effective technology and telecommunication solutions and services throughout the organization and to Leon County citizens. That mission has helped earn the County a growing number of national awards and recognitions.
“This national award highlights the hard work and innovative spirit of Leon County’s Information Technology team,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “Our online systems, from desktops to smartphones, ensure citizens can get connected with important County services. We are proud to be honored yet again for being a national leader in digital technologies.”
In the past year, Leon County has completed or made substantial progress on important technology projects. Projects include redesigning the Leon County Citizens Connect mobile app for smartphone users, thereby getting them connected with resources in a more intuitive way. The app also provides timely emergency information and features push notifications for critical emergency alerts.
“As technology continues to grow in all facets of our lives, country governments are adapting and innovating,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey spotlights how counties deploy technology to enhance services and benefit residents while being responsible stewards of taxpayers resources.”
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 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. Founded in 1935, NACo represents more than 3,000 counties.
For more information, contact Pat Curtis, Director of Leon County Management Information Systems, at (850) 606-5500 / CurtisP@LeonCountyFL.gov or Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .