VENTURA, Calif. – For the second consecutive year, the County of Ventura has been named as a Top Digital County by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.
The Digital Counties Survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that save tax dollars through efficiency, boost transparency, cybersecurity and engagement; or innovate through unique and exciting projects.
“Receiving this award two years running validates the great work being done by both County business leaders and technologists and re-enforces the commitment our County has made to technology and transparency,” said Mike Pettit, Ventura County Chief Information Officer. “The people in the Information Technology Services department and in departments across the County are achieving results that nobody would have thought possible just a few years ago as the County continues to find ways to use technology to improve its services.”
The Board of Supervisors has established a strategic plan for the County and it includes the use of technology to improve communication, make it easier to do business with the County, facilitate economic vitality and improve the efficiency of the County’s agencies, programs and services.
“The Board’s commitment to technology has allowed us to explore new ways of conducting County business,” said Pettit. “Whether it’s an upgrade to our financial management system, or working with outside partners to improve broadband service throughout the county, technology is taking Ventura County into the future.”
Among its accomplishments, the County of Ventura has established a website - www.ventura.org/government/financial-transparency - that makes its entire budget completely transparent. It has also implemented an electronic health record system to help further enhance delivery of health care throughout the County’s health care system and is helping the Sheriff’s Office leverage statistical monitoring programs and data analytics to track recidivism rates.
“Digital counties have evolved to recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives and does business in the county,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.
The County of Ventura finished in eighth place on the survey this year, up two spots from last year.
“I like that we’re moving up the list,” said Pettit, “but I also like that there’s still room to improve. That’s really what we’re all about at the County, continuous process improvement, and we have the people and support to take the county even farther.”