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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Franklin County named as national leader in technology
County makes list for 6th consecutive year

Monday, August 11, 2014

Franklin County has been awarded another top 10 national placement in the annual Digital Counties Survey for communities with a population less than 150,000.

With a population of roughly 56,000, Franklin County competes with counties three times its size, and often with fewer resources, according to Steve Thomas, director of information for Franklin County.

This year the county placed seventh in the annual ranking, which recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology. 

The national ranking is issued by the e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities program in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), which identifies best electronic practices among counties nationwide.

"Franklin County capitalized on its strong digital transparency with numerous policies, financial data and status updates on our website," Thomas said. "Our technologically sound infrastructure improves our services to our citizens and our public safety."

Gov. Terry McAuliffe congratulated Franklin County along with eight other Virginia counties last week for using technology to serve citizens and being recognized on a national level.

"These counties were recognized from among hundreds of counties that participated in the survey for successfully using technology for citizen engagement, policy, data and operations," McAuliffe said. "Technology presents significant opportunities for producing more efficient and effective services to citizens. It strengthens the commonwealth and improves our prospects for economic development."

"I commend these local governments for their use of technology and congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition."

Roanoke County received first-place honors in its population category for "projects around geographic information systems (GIS) radio and governance."

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