By Markus Schmidt, Richmond Times-Dispatch
For the sixth time in seven years, Chesterfield ranked among the counties with the best technology practices nationwide, according to the annual Digital Counties survey by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.
This year, Chesterfield placed second in the category for localities with a population between 250,000 and 499,999.
Barry Condrey, the county’s chief information officer, said Chesterfield is proud to once again be named among the nation’s most innovative counties.
“Our board of supervisors continues to recognize the value of innovation and using technology to drive the service delivery and the business of government,” Condrey said.
Other Virginia localities also rank high in the survey: Fairfax County scored second place in the category of counties with a population of 500,000 and higher.
Arlington County tops the list in the category between 150,000 and 249,999; and Albemarle, Roanoke, Goochland and Franklin counties made the top 10 of localities with a population of up to 150,000.
The survey list includes counties that have initiatives aimed at saving taxpayer dollars through efficient use of technology, cyber security, increased transparency and engagement or innovation through unique projects.
The National Association of Counties unites America’s 3,069 county governments; the Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. It is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.