News Release     

Board of County Commissioners
Leon County Courthouse
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
(850) 606-5302

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/13/2013

CONTACT: 

Mathieu Cavell
Public Information Officer

(850) 606-5300


Leon County Recognized for Digital Excellence that Makes for Better Government

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Who: Leon County
What: National Award
When: Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013
Why: Digital Excellence

Leon County Recognized for Digital Excellence
that Makes for Better Government

For the third time in six years, Leon County has earned top rankings according to how it isharnessing technology to increase services and efficiencies for its citizens. The County ranked among the top 10 in its population category according to the 2013 Digital Counties Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo).

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. Hundreds of submissions were judged by a panel of experts. The results identify the very best examples of counties that are
aligning technology to support strategic priorities.

Ed Sweeney, of Dell Software and representing CDG, presented the award to Pat Curtis, Leon County’s Director of Management Information Systems, at the County Commission Board Meeting Tuesday, September 10.

“The unique thing about Leon County is that they are using technology to bring their citizens closer to government – not streamlining processes so they don’t have to deal with them,” said Sweeney.

Leon County is dedicated to providing reliable and effective technology and telecommunication solutions and services across all government departments and to, the ultimate end-customer, Leon County citizens. That mission has helped earn the County a growing number of national awards and recognitions.

“It is important for the County to do more than talk at our citizens. We want to converse with our community in a transparent fashion, engage with people in a sincere and consistent way and live up to our commitment of being ‘People Focused and Performance Driven’, ” said Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox.

The judges cited Leon County’s LEADS program of cultural transformation and community relevance; measuring results and benchmarking performance; the County’s “A” rating as a Top Transparency Website by the Sunshine Review; the “Your Checkbook,” website that provides access to County expenditures that drills down by departments and divisions year over year; mobile applications and the innovative Citizen
Engagement Series.

“Especially during these difficult economic times, it’s our obligation to leverage innovative technologies that will increase efficiencies and enhance how we can engage our citizens,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “The County will continue to promote high quality performance and citizen engagement as it is a part of our mission and commitment.”

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The National Association of Counties is a full-service organization that provides legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance to county governments. Created in 1936, NACo represents over 3,000 counties.

For more information about Leon County’s Management Information Systems and technology innovations, please contact Pat Curtis at (850) 606-5500 or
CurtisP@LeonCountyFL.gov . For additional information regarding Leon County programs and services, please contact Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 or cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .