(Aug. 13, 2013) – Loudoun County has again been named one of the most technologically advanced county governments in the United States, ranking No. 3 in its population category in a national survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. Loudoun moved up from the No. 7 spot in last yearâs survey. Loudoun has scored in the top tier of the survey every year since 2004.
The 2013 Digital Counties Survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and efficiencies, as well as facilitating open government, transparency and citizen engagement.
Loudoun County continues to expand its online services through its website, www.loudoun.gov, which provides easy access to Loudoun Countyâs social media sites, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/LoudounCountyVa), Twitter (www.twitter.com/loudouncogovt), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/loudouncountyva).
The website also provides access to the Alert Loudoun system, at www.loudoun.gov/alert, which allows residents to receive e-mails or text messages over their cellular phones or pagers. Subscribers can receive alerts in various categories, including weather watches and warnings and emergency notifications.
Loudoun County continues to leverage new and emerging technologies. In addition to the implementation of the new Oracle-based Enterprise Resource Program, the county is also replacing its tax and assessment systems. In the past year, Loudoun also has increased the use of mobile devices, tablets and smart phones to achieve cost and time savings that could not be realized with the use of traditional PC technologies. Loudoun has also invested in desktop virtualization, resulting in the ability to rapidly deploy solutions for computing and training as well as significant energy savings. An expansion of Loudounâs Enterprise Imaging and Document Management System within the Department of Family Services has resulted in significant cost and time savings and has also increased the amount of usable workspace due to the elimination of paper files.
More information about the survey and the Center for Digital Government is available online at www.centerdigitalgov.com.