Digital Counties Survey - Third Place 2020


The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) announced the winners of the 18th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response recovery efforts.  

“Innovative counties across the U.S. are leveraging technology and data to complete unique projects that  better serve citizens, save taxpayer money and  protect citizen data,” said Teri Takai, executive director, CDG. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to make government work for the citizens and businesses they serve.”

“We applaud this year's Digital Counties Survey winners for maximizing the value of technology in serving our residents,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “Technology plays an important role in achieving healthy, safe and vibrant counties. The Digital Counties Survey demonstrates how we embrace cutting-edge approaches to strengthening our communities.” 


Winners were named in each of four population-based categories: 500,000 or more population category, 250,000-499,999 population category, 150,000-249,999 population category, and up to 150,000 population category. View all the winners .

"Nevada County, Calif. (up to 150,000 population category): Nevada County’s submission mimics one equal to a larger county with more resources. A crowd-sourcing site for community input is an excellent example of ways to leverage technology to make the county more responsive to residents. In addition, the county developed a strong ICT strategic plan for 2017-2020."

Nevada County a Top Achiever

Over the past fourteen years that Nevada County has participated in the survey, we have placed in the top five positions every year and have taken first place four times. The results for our population category this year are:

Up to 150,000 Population Category
1st County of Mono, Calif.
2nd Albemarle County, Va.
3rd County of Nevada, Calif.
4th Montgomery County, Va.
5th Coconino County, Ariz.
6th Dodge County, Wis.
7th County of York, Va.
8th Carver County, Minn.
9th Franklin County, Va.
10th Vilas County, Wis. 

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e. Republic, the nation's only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government education.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.