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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Once Again for 2017, Tompkins County Recognized as Top Digital County

Congratulations to Tompkins County for their recognition as one of the nation’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). The award identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties nationwide, recognizing leading examples of counties that use technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.

The top-ten ranking for 2017 is the fourth straight year that the County has achieved the Top Digital County status.

Tompkins was recognized for its range of digital shared services initiatives, which share resources among local governments, with the County as the hub. Unlike larger governments, small jurisdictions often do not have the resources to implement and support big technology initiatives, and often the best solution is to pool resources with neighboring counties, the County’s application notes.

“All governments should be looking to shared services and collaboration to eliminate redundancy, create cost-savings for taxpayers, establish relationships with municipal partners, and make government transparent,” Tompkins County Clerk Maureen Reynolds said. “Technology-based service delivery is also what the public is expecting today.“

For 2017, Tompkins County tied for tenth position in the up to 150,000 population category. More information on this year’s Digital Counties program may be found at www.govtech.com/dc/articles/Digital-Counties-Survey-2017-Results.html

Monday, July 24, 2017

Oneida County wins Top Digital County Award

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) announced the winners of the 15th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and even reduce carbon emissions. 

“Digital counties are leveraging technology to improve the ways they conduct business and engage with citizens in increasingly innovative and exciting ways,” said Todd Sander, executive director, CDG. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to reduce costs, encourage citizen engagement, increase efficiencies and proactively address citizen expectations.”

“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.” 

Oneida County finished in the top 10 in the 150,000 to 249,000 population category in the 15th Annual Digital Counties Survey, which identifies best technology practices among counties nationwide.

For a full list of winners visit: http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2017-Winners-Announced.html

Friday, July 22, 2016

For Third Straight Year, Tompkins County Recognized as Top Digital County

Discover eGov is proud to announce that Tompkins County once again has been recognized as one of the nation’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). The award identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties nationwide, recognizing leading examples of counties that use technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.

The top-ten ranking was based on the County’s digital achievements in the categories of civic engagement; policy; operations; and technology and data. Tompkins County also achieved top-ten rankings in 2015 and 2014.

Tompkins County was recognized for digital endeavors including its use of its Laserfiche electronic content management system, which is deployed in all 28 county departments and provides records hosting for the county’s other 16 municipalities. Thus far, the project has saved the municipalities more than $328,000 annually; it ultimately saved the County $5.5 million through automation of various business processes and digitizing of 9,000 boxes of records in its records center. The County is moving toward extending the Laserfiche system beyond county borders.

“Collaboration and shared services should be the norm in government, not an innovation,” said Tompkins County Clerk Maureen Reynolds. “The inter-governmental relationships developed are important, redundancy is eliminated, government becomes transparent, and it provides substantial cost-savings to all parties involved.”

“Digital counties have evolved to recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives and does business in the county,” said Todd Sander, executive director, CDG. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to innovate, improve transparency and proactively address citizen demands and expectations.”

“Modern technology allows counties across the country to innovate, providing citizens with smarter, more cost-effective services,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey recognizes county innovations that truly benefit our communities and, by extension, America.”

Tompkins County ranked in tenth position in the up to 150,000 population category. More information on this year’s Digital Counties program may be found at http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2016-Winners-Announced.html.  
 

 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Oneida County Named Top Digital County For Another Year

We are proud to report Oneida County, NY, has once again been named one of America’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. 

The survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that save tax dollars through newfound efficiencies; boost transparency, cybersecurity and engagement; or innovate through unique and exciting projects.

“Digital counties have evolved to recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives and does business in the county,” said Todd Sander, executive director, CDG. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to innovate, improve transparency and proactively address citizen demands and expectations.”
 
“Modern technology allows counties across the country to innovate, providing citizens with smarter, more cost-effective services,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey recognizes county innovations that truly benefit our communities and, by extension, America.”

For the full list of winners, visit: http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2016-Winners-Announced.html

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Oneida County Named Top Digital County

Oneida County, NY, has been named one of America’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. 

The survey, conducted by CDG and the Digital Communities program, in partnership with NACo, identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties. 

“Congratulations to this year’s winners for their work to continually innovate in an ever- changing technology landscape and proactively address citizen demands and expectations,” said Center for Digital Government Executive Director Todd Sander. 

“Counties across the country are harnessing technology to enhance services, maximize efficiency and save money,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey recognizes county innovation that strengthens communities and builds a stronger America.” 

For the full list of winners, visit: http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/13th-Annual-Digital-Counties-Survey-2015.html

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

For a Second Year, Tompkins County Achieves National Recognition as Top Digital County

Discover eGov is proud to announce that Tompkins County once again has been recognized as one of the nation’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo).  The award identifies best technology practices among counties nationwide, recognizing leading examples of counties that use technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.

The top-ten ranking was based on the County’s digital achievements in the categories of civic engagement; policy; operations; and technology and data.  Tompkins County also achieved a top-ten ranking in 2014.  County Clerk Maureen Reynolds accepted the award on the County’s behalf at the NACo annual conference this past weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Collaboration, shared services, information sharing, and technology-based service delivery are the norm in Tompkins County,” Clerk Reynolds said.  “These collaborative relationships with our internal and municipal partners have been instrumental in our receiving this award for the second year.”

“NaCo recognized not only the sophistication of the technology Tompkins County has used to improve its efficiency and the quality of its services, but also the fact that when we invest in new technology, we share it with other, smaller, local  governments in the area—giving them access to world-class technology that would otherwise be well beyond their reach,”  County Administrator Joe Mareane noted.

The County was recognized for its leveraging of shared services to increase cross-departmental collaboration and information sharing.  Among web-based services cited were the County’s meeting management portal that provides public access to County information and video recordings of meetings, and its online job applications portal, which has helped achieve a 200% increase in the number of applications received for vacancies.  Its digital archiving records program is now available as a hosted solution for other local government agencies, and the Law Enforcement Technology Shared Services Group oversees coordinated public safety technology services across county agencies.  Tompkins County has implemented an online bid/proposal system and a paperless Public Health permitting system, and is in the process of implementing an electronic health records system to manage Health and Mental Health departments’ clinical and billing data, information and records.  The County was also recognized for its role, through its Special Committee on Broadband, in initiating a public-private partnership that will expand last-mile broadband service to over 95% of unserved residents and businesses in Tompkins and Southern Cayuga Counties.

The Digital Counties Survey, conducted by CDG and the Digital Communities program, in partnership with NACo, identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners for their work to continually innovate in an ever-changing technology landscape and proactively address citizen demands and expectations,” said Center for Digital Government Executive Director Todd Sander.

“Counties across the country are harnessing technology to enhance services, maximize efficiency and save money,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey recognizes county innovation that strengthens communities and builds a stronger America.”

Tompkins County ranked in ninth position in the up to 150,000 population category.  More information on this year’s Digital Counties program may be found at http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/13th-Annual-Digital-Counties-Survey-2015.html.

(Source: Tompkins County 7.14.15)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tompkins County Achieves National Recognition as Top Digital County

Discover eGov is proud to announce that Tompkins County has been recognized as one of the nation’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo).  The award identifies best technology practices among counties nationwide, recognizing leading examples of counties that use technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.

The top-ten ranking was based on the County’s digital achievements in the categories of civic engagement; policy; operations; and technology and data.  These achievements include innovative use of digital records scanning technology through an enterprise documents management system, a digital approach that saved the County $5.5 million over a physical records facility.

Stephen Acquario, executive director of the New York State Association of Counties said, “Since the creation of our counties, the county clerk’s office has been instrumental in maintaining the important records and history of our communities. More than 300 years later, that role remains critical for counties, but the technologies for keeping those records have changed. We applaud Tompkins County for embracing the digital technologies of the 21st Century in ways that are making the county more effective, efficient and transparent. The recognition by the National Association of Counties is well deserved. Tompkins County is a model that will be followed by other counties in New York and across the nation.”

Managing records through the Laserfiche documents management system enabled the County to scan 9,000 boxes of records housed in its deteriorating Records Center, destroy the paper, and vacate the building, avoiding the planned cost of renovating or constructing a new building.  The EDMS technology is now used to manage records and automate business processes in all 28 County departments, and the court system, as well as for 17 municipal partners through a shared services agreement—which includes the City of Ithaca and all of the county’s Towns and Villages.

“We’re thrilled to receive the national award, which in part recognizes the effort of Tompkins County to use 21st Century technology to provide better recordkeeping alternatives,” said Michael Lane, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature.  “This initiative was spearheaded out of efforts in the Tompkins County Clerk’s Office, led by Deputy Clerk Maureen Reynolds, working in cooperation with County’s Information Technology department.  We are particularly excited about how this program is being shared with other municipalities throughout the county in the spirit of true intermunicipal cooperation.”

The County employs digital technology to improve relationships and efficiencies among County departments, as well as to enable law enforcement agencies to share important data and information to increase efficiencies and improve public safety.  Civic engagement is fostered and encouraged by digital technologies including the County’s online meeting portal, through which residents can access meeting schedules, agendas, minutes, and other materials, and view web-streams of live and past County Legislature meetings.

“It is an honor to be recognized as one of the national Digital Counties,” said County Information Technology Services Director Greg Potter, who accepted the award on the County’s behalf at the NACo annual conference this past weekend in New Orleans. “ITS and County Clerk’s staff deserve daily recognition for their diligent efforts and work. Receiving this award has meant a great deal to my staff and to Tompkins County.”

“This award is due to the collaborative efforts of our Information Technology Department, County Clerk's Office, other county departments and our local municipalities,” noted Deputy County Clerk Reynolds.  “We have been fortunate to have municipal leaders who recognize that technology and collaboration through shared services agreements can save tax-payer money; and that by establishing relationships with our municipal partners, we will be able to cooperatively design other cost-saving technologies in the future.”

Tompkins County tied for sixth position in the up to 150,000 population category.  More information on this year’s Digital Counties program may be found at http://www.digitalcommunities.com/survey/counties/?year=2014.

 

(Source: Tompkins County 7.15.14)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Town of Pittsford - Website Re-Launch

The Town of Pittsford re-launched the the Town Website with improved graphics and functionality.  We've redesigned our website to be even more comprehensive and easier to use - most information is just a click or two away.  Our information categories at the top of the home page will tell you were to find items.  Or, use our "Find It A - Z" link which includes hundreds of descriptive topics, from activities for seniors to zoning information.  Our document archive tab, found along the right side of every page, allows you to search for past meeting minutes and publications.  We hope you find our website to be a useful resource and welcome your feedback. Click here to visit the website.

(Source: Town of Pittsford 6.3.14)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

STOP DWI - New York launches New Website

The STOP DWI New York re-launched their informative website with the help of the Discover e-Gov (Catalog and Commerce Solutions) team in December, 2013. STOP DWI New York Foundation interacts with federal, state and local governments and the communities thereof.  This interaction facilitates the exchange of ideas and the creation, development and administration of new and innovative approaches for dealing with the drinking and/or drug-impaired driver.   The website serves as the primary communication tool for initiatives and events.

(Source: Discover e-Gov 12.1.13) 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Monroe County Wins Best of Web Finalist - County Portal Category

The Monroe County website has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government as a Best of the Web 2013 Finalist.  The Monroe County website, as part of the e-Government strategy, has been a leader in opening up government via the worldwide web. County Executive Maggie Brooks has been instrumental in leading Monroe County into the cyber-age with a website that is not only informative, but also allows citizens to access government and services 24-hours a day, 7 days per week.In its 18th year, the annual Best of the Web (BOW) awards recognize city, county and state governments for outstanding portals and websites based on innovation, functionality, productivity and performance.  “As technology continues to evolve, governments are finding innovative ways of utilizing new technologies to transform operations and engage with citizens,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “This year’s winners have demonstrated the ability to adapt to the changing technology landscape, while creating first-class public and business services. Congratulations to this year’s winners for their remarkable achievements!”

(Source: Discover e-Gov 7.1.13)