DOÑA ANA COUNTY WEBSITE CITED AS AMONG NATION’S 10 BEST

DOÑA ANA COUNTY WEBSITE CITED AS AMONG NATION’S 10 BEST

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

The county’s 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.

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 Chicago next month. 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 2006 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 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.