County recognized for use of technology

EVERETT — Snohomish County has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties as one of the top 10 U.S. counties for its use of technology to improve services and efficiency.

The 2013 Digital Counties Survey winners were recognized July 20 at the NACo Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

“This award recognizes the countywide contribution of technology to providing excellent public service,” county Information Services director Gage Andrews said.

Snohomish County has established more than 40 technical collaborations including cost-sharing agreements, joint development projects, cooperative buying arrangements and direct technical services to local schools, cities and towns and fire districts.

Snohomish County tied for seventh place in the category of counties with more than 500,000 residents. The current Digital Counties Survey award is Snohomish County’s fourth award in the past 10 years.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, the County Council will present the Digital Counties Survey Award to Andrews and to Auditor Carolyn Weikel, who was given control of information services earlier this year.

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