DOÑA ANA COUNTY WEBSITE RANKED SECOND AMONG NATION’S 10 BEST

DOÑA ANA COUNTY WEBSITE RANKED SECOND AMONG NATION’S 10 BEST

For the fourth consecutive year, the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have named Doña Ana County’s website among the best in the United States for counties with populations under 250,000.

The county’s website is ranked second in the nation in its category -- up from fourth in 2008, eighth in 2007 and ninth in 2006.

The website was overhauled in March of 2005 in a joint project by the Doña Ana County Public Information Office and the Doña Ana County Information Technology Department, headed by Anna Peralta Hines. It is updated on a near-daily basis.

Doña Ana County will be among the top digital counties honored at a national awards ceremony, which will coincide with NACo’s national conference in Tennessee this weekend.

District 1 Doña Ana County Commissioner Oscar Vásquez Butler will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of Doña Ana County.

The full list of winners can be viewed at www.centerdigitalgov.com

Each April, all counties in the United States are invited to participate in the Digital Counties Survey. County officials respond to questions that included more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models.

“Our website is constantly being improved due to teamwork and innovative ideas between the technicians and department heads and users,” said Doña Ana County Manager Brian D. Haines. “I’m proud of the ongoing collaboration between the Information Technology Department and the Public Information Office that led to this prestigious award, and I am confident the website will continue to improve over time to meet this dynamic county’s many unique challenges.”

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 (NACo) is a full-service organization that provides legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance to county governments. Created in 1935, NACo continues to ensure that the nation’s 3,066 counties are heard and understood in the White House and Congress.

Doña Ana County’s award-winning website can be accessed at www.donaanacounty.org

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.