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

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

For the third 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 fourth best in the nation in its category -- up from 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. 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 Kansas City this weekend. Doña Ana County Commission Chairman D. Kent Evans 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.

In addition, Chairman Evans also will accept two other national awards for the website during the NACo conference. The Doña Ana County website is a 2008 NACo Achievement Award winner for the introduction of live video streaming and digital meeting archives on the website. Doña Ana County was the first in the State of New Mexico to allow anyone with web access to view meetings of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners live on the web as they unfold, and then to archive the video of each meeting for easy reference.

Doña Ana County’s website also will receive a 2008 NACo Achievement Award for its interactive module that allows Doña Ana County workers and supervisors to track worker’s compensation claims online in conjunction with the state’s program-tracking system.

“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 Information Technology Department for the innovations that led to these new awards, 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.