Three Top Honors for County Web Site


Oct. 30, 2009
OPA 196/09

News Highlights

  • Virginia Coalition for Open Government Freedom of Information award recognizes community engagement efforts on FY 2010 budget process.
  • Fairfaxcounty.gov recognized with first place in county category of 2009 Best of the Web awards.

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Web Awards 

Fairfax County’s public Web site, fairfaxcounty.gov, has been honored as one of the top county government sites in the nation. It was recognized by the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, the Center for Digital Government, and the Digital Counties Survey.

Freedom of Information Award
Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria share the Virginia Coalition for Open Government’s Freedom of Information Award in the government category. Fairfax County was recognized for its efforts to engage the public in addressing the $650 million revenue shortfall for FY 2010. The county solicited public input online, by telephone and at community dialogue sessions to help identify solutions for closing the budget gap. There also was an extensive media campaign and outreach through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

“This is exactly what we were striving for when we started our e-government program more than a decade ago,” notes Deputy County Executive David J. Molchany. “We wanted to create a government without walls, doors or clocks and provide a way for residents and businesses to access our information and services 24 hours a day.”

Best of the Web Award
The county earned top honors in the Center for Digital Government’s 2009 Best of the Web awards. Fairfax County’s site took first place in the county Web portal category. Best of the Web ranks the top U.S. state and local Web portals, recognizing advances in digital solutions and communication with the public, government communities and business. Fairfax County’s Web site has now earned a Best of the Web award four times since 2003.

Digital Counties Survey
Recognizing best practices and counties with exemplary digital service to residents, the 2009 Digital Counties Survey selected Fairfax County as the fourth place winner in the 500,000 or more population category. This marks the fifth consecutive year the county has ranked in the survey’s top five.

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