Snohomish County receives Digital Counties Survey Award

Aug 15, 2013

Snohomish County has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) as one of the top 10 counties in the nation for its use of technology to improve services and efficiency.

The 2013 Digital Counties Survey winners were recognized on July 20 at the NACo Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

“This award affirms the effort the county has made to utilize technology to improve customer service,” said Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel, who oversees Information Services.

“Information Services works with all County offices and departments and with outside public and private partners to make investments in technology faster to implement and more affordable.”

The annual Digital Counties Survey details how efficiently a county uses technology to support government processes and services, how innovative a County is in utilizing technology to deliver services to the public, the scope of online services a county offers, and how regional collaborations have resulted in expanding services and saving money.

Snohomish County has established more than 40 technical collaborations including cost-sharing agreements, joint development projects, cooperative buying arrangements and direct provision of technical services with local schools, cities and towns, fire districts and technical consortiums.

The Snohomish County nomination cited achievements and technical service delivery made by more than half of the County’s departments.

“This award recognizes the countywide contribution of technology to providing excellent public service,” said Information Services Director Gage Andrews.

Snohomish County tied for seventh place in the category of counties with more than 500,000 residents. The current Digital Counties Survey award is Snohomish County’s fourth award in the last 10 years.

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