DOÑA ANA COUNTY WEBSITE EIGHTH AMONG NATION’S 10 BEST

DOÑA ANA COUNTY WEBSITE EIGHTH AMONG NATION’S 10 BEST

For the second 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 rated ninth in the category in 2006. In 2007, it moves up to eighth place.

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 Richmond, Va., next month. District 1 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

Last April, all counties in the United States were invited to participate in the 2007 Digital Counties Survey. County officials responded to questions that included more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models.

"In today's world, technology is essential for effective and efficient government," said NACo Executive Director Larry E. Naake. "County governments realize this and are using technology in new ways to improve the delivery of services to Americans. The Digital Counties Survey illustrates the innovation being pursued by counties across the country."

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 (505) 525-5801.