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August 20, 2007

Howard Ranks Among Best Digital Counties

The 2007 Digital Counties Survey has named Howard County, Maryland 3rd best of its size in the nation in using technology to serve its citizens. The Survey is an annual study by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) to recognize hard work and innovation of the best governments. Howard county was tied with Dakota County, Minnesota for his honor.)

In April, thousands of US counties were invited to participate in the 2007 Digital Counties Survey. Questions included more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture, and governance models. Howard County competed against counties with populations from 250,000 to 499,999.

"It is a great accomplishment to continually be recognized for our efforts to deliver services more effectively and efficiently to residents, visitors and all who do business in Howard County," County Executive Kenneth Ulman said. Howard county's website has a listing of the varied awards the county has received:

http://www.howardcountymd.gov/PortalServices/awards_recognition.htm

In 1995 Howard county had one of Maryland's first governmental Web sites. This website has evolved to bring citizens the ability to view job opportunities, browse news releases, submit budget testimony, register for Department of Recreation and Parks classes, and pay bills. The county's Web site is located at http://www.howardcountymd.gov.