The deadline is Thursday for submissions in the 2019 Digital Counties Survey, which acknowledges counties nationwide that match technology with goals to improve the “interactive experience” for residents and businesses, save money, innovate, and drive “transparency, cybersecurity, and engagement.”

The annual survey, done by the Center for Digital Government* (CDG) and the National Association of Counties, gauges agency performance and innovation in technology — while itself adapting in its assessment and identification of best practices. The submission deadline has been extended until Thursday.

Guided by the 10 key characteristics of a digital county, county officials are asked to describe what their government has in place and its tech-related achievements in the past year. Those characteristics are:

• Leadership Alignment: Strategy and Actions Consistent with County Priorities/Policies

• Citizen-centric: Government Experience (mobile, engaged, digital services)

• Efficient: Data-driven

• Data Governance: Utilization of Data

• Secure: Cybersecurity Measures/Initiatives

• Resilient: Disaster Recovery/Continuity of Operations

• Staffed/Supported: Hiring and Retaining Competent IT Personnel

• Connected: Connected Infrastructure and Bridging the Divide

• Innovative: Innovative Methods and New Technologies

• Best Practices

Submissions can be made online here, or downloaded in Word format here. For information, email Janet Grenslitt, CDG's director of Surveys and Awards.

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, parent company of Techwire.