Tulare County has proven itself as one of the country’s top digital leaders in local government. The County was nationally recognized as the 8thmost technologically advanced county in the U.S. by the Center for Digital Government’s 2014 Digital Counties Survey. The annual survey honors counties leading the way in technology to improve services and efficiency. Tulare County was honored at the National Association of Counties conference, which took place July 11-14 in New Orleans.
Counties are placed into predetermined categories based on their respective population size and Tulare County was ranked 8th in the 250,000-499,999 population category. “This national recognition highlights our continued efforts towards the implementation of professional, high-quality business and technological solutions that support delivery of services, reduce costs, and increased efficiencies for all residents of Tulare County,” said Peg Yeates, Director of Tulare County Information & Communications Technology (TCiCT). The Center for Digital Government’s annual survey is in its 12th year and carefully evaluates IT-related projects that involve citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology/data. The survey’s top ranking counties have shown the use of best practices, modern technologies and also provide opportunities for IT growth.
The IT projects that helped Tulare County achieve this honor include:
• The new web designs of www.tularecounty.ca.gov and www.aroundtularecounty.com. The new designs made the websites easier for citizens to view and access important information about the County.
• The online posting of the Board of Supervisors meetings’ activities, including the meeting date, agenda and minutes. This project allowed the public to stay connected and informed to matters directly concerning the Board.
• The use of WebBudget, a program that helped enhance digital tools for budget preparation.
Tulare County was also recognized for the development of new projects such as:
• The Permit and Land Management System (PALMS), which will enable better and more effective communication between County departments and will lead to improved community service.
• An updated property tax system that will streamline work flow and provide Tulare County constituents with more online services.
– A radio simulcast that will improve emergency response and operations.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute. It is the nation’s only media and research company that exclusively focuses on state and local government and education.
For more information, please access: http://www.digitalcommunities.com/survey/counties .