Arlington Receives Top Digital Counties Award for 2021

Published on July 15, 2021

Arlington County is once again ranked among the top digital counties in the nation. The Center for Digital Government and National Association of Counties has named Arlington to the No. 2 spot for their 2021 awards in the 150,000-249,999 population category.

The County has a notable track record of being recognized for its efforts in technology. This year's award marks the tenth time Arlington has been designated within the top three counties, four of those years receiving the number one ranking. The annual award is for achievement and best technology practices in areas of open government, transparency, public engagement, planning, cyber security and operations.

"The unprecedented challenges we faced with the Covid-19 pandemic reinforced the critical role that technology plays to ensure the continuity and effectiveness of government operations and services," said Arlington County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti. "We're especially proud of this year's award for recognizing the excellent work of our technology staff to adapt and innovate, while continuing to make headway with important community issues like access for all, connectivity, and digital equity."

These awards reflect Arlington's longstanding commitment to building and sustaining a strategic technology program that addresses both current and future community needs.

Learn about the strategic goals and work of Arlington's Department of Technology Services in the areas of digital equity, open government, constituent services.

About the Digital Counties Survey Award

The Digital Counties Survey Award provides an annual measure of performance and innovation in using technology by taking an in-depth look at the programs and plans of counties across the nation.

Arlington won the 2021 award for its work in several areas on behalf of residents, businesses, institutions and staff. These areas include open government, strategic planning, public engagement, cyber security, collaboration, shared services, operations, staffing and resiliency. Also considered was how progress in these technology areas helped support the County's overall priorities and goals for the year.

Arlington County will receive the award at the National Association of Counties' virtual conference held on July 15.