County tech use earns national recognition
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:58

Digital group places county among top 10

by Ben Boehl

    It is not easy to keep up with the times, but the Baltimore County government recently earned national recognition for its use of technology to improve services and efficiency.
    According to an annual report by the Center for Digital Government (CDG), Baltimore County ranks among the top 10 counties in the nation for its use of technology.
    The CDG, which describes itself on its website as “a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government,” ranked Baltimore County seventh in the country in this year’s report — up from 2012, when Baltimore County ranked ninth in the nation.
   

California’s Alameda County (which includes the city of Oakland) garnered the top ranking.
    The rankings are for counties with populations higher than 500,000.
    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said he is proud that the county is back in the top ranks.
    “We keep moving forward every day with using new technology to maximize our efficiencies in a way that helps us better leverage our resources to enhance public safety, improve our schools, and enhance services for our residents,” Kamenetz said.         “I am very proud of our outstanding information technology staff and applaud their efforts to continuously improve our use of technology throughout county government.”
    The CDG produced its rankings based on a survey done in conjunction with the National Association of Counties.
    According to the CDG, jurisdictions were ranked on success in effectively and efficiently using digital technologies to serve their citizens, streamline operations and achieve measurable benefits.
    “I am very proud of our exceptional information technology team,” said Baltimore County Director of Information Technology Rob Stradling.
    “They are hardworking, passionate and talented professionals, and I am extremely happy to see them recognized for all their efforts to support the citizens of Baltimore County.”