Fairfax County Receives Top Award in 2012 Digital Counties Survey


July 17, 2012

  • County receives national technology award as the leading jurisdiction of its size.
  • Annual energy savings of more than $300,000 being realized.

On Monday, July 16, Fairfax County was recognized as the best in the nation in the 2012 Digital Counties Survey for all jurisdictions with a population greater than 500,000. The award was presented at the National Association of Counties annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Supervisor Gerry Hyland, Supervisor Penny Gross, and Deputy County Executive Pat Harrison on behalf of the county.

Department of Information Technology Director Wanda Gibson credits "tech-savvy constituents, good county leadership, incredible employees and effective information technology investments” for moving Fairfax County’s technology initiatives forward. Fairfax County also implemented a modern Enterprise Resources Planning system that further consolidated multiple business functions between both the County and Fairfax County Public Schools.

The award announcement noted Fairfax County as a leader in several initiatives:

  • A number of mobile apps and services available in the hands of residents. Residents can tap into emergency alerts, local child-care availability, land use data, transit information, public facility locations and more.
  • A large volume data consolidation effort unifying structured and unstructured land use data, resulting in significant time savings for both staff and the public.
  • Saving $300,000 annually from energy programs, which include remote power management of computing resources, virtualizing servers and consolidating data storage.
  • Provisioning applications out to departments through its private cloud, which the county hopes to extend to other local governments in the future.
  • Leading local interoperability efforts in the Northern Virginia area by enabling the Public Safety Data Exchange system, which allows multiple jurisdictions to share emergency 9-1-1 call data, bringing efficiencies to regional emergency response. The time required to dispatch the appropriate emergency responders has been cut in some cases by 20 to 50 percent.
  • Leading the way for interconnectivity of fiber networks between multiple Northern Virginia local governments.

The Digital Counties Survey evaluates localities on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes through the strategic use of technology. Winning jurisdictions aligned goals with strategy, showed measurable benefits and improvement over the prior year, utilized innovative solutions, and demonstrated a commitment to collaboration. The evaluation and awards are given through a partnership between the National Association of Counties, Government Technology magazine and the Center for Digital Government.

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