Boone County receives award for information technology

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 3:25 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — For the third consecutive year, Boone County has been named as one of the top 10 counties in the United States by the Center for Digital Government.

Boone County ranked ninth among counties with populations between 150,000 to 249,999, earning recognition for successful outcomes through strategic use of information and communications technology, according to a news release from the Boone County Commission.

The 10th annual survey was conducted by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program, in collaboration with the National Association of Counties.

The release described the process as a self-report survey, in which expert judges are able to look at outcomes accomplished through strategic use of technology, as well as alignment of outcomes with the county’s priorities, commitment to collaboration inside and outside the organization and demonstration of innovation.

The accomplishments for which the county was recognized include: 

  • A redesigned online employment application process.
  • The Sign Asset Review and Approval Program. This is an app that allows public works and resource management staff to see where road and street signs need to be set and replaced, GIS manager Jason Warzinik said.
  • Internal management applications: This is software that allows county departments to submit help tickets and where information technology employees are able to list problems and how much time it takes to fix them, web developer James Barnes said.

These accomplishments provide efficiency and increase effectiveness, while decreasing cost. Warzinik said it cuts down paper use and email exchanges and is a "big time-saver" for those departments.

Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller accepted the award at the 2012 National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition. It will be presented to Boone County Information Technology during the Boone County Commission's regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the commission's chambers, 801 E. Walnut, Room 333.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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