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Westchester County Among Nation’s Top 10 Digital Counties

Westchester County is among the nation’s top ten digital counties according to a new survey by National Association of Counties (NACo) and Center for Digital Government (CDG). The survey identifies best technology practices in a number of areas, including initiatives that streamline service delivery; encourage collaboration; enhance cybersecurity and apply innovation to achieving county priorities.

“Westchester County prides ourselves in providing the best possible services to the people we serve – and doing so in the most efficient manner. Additionally, in today’s modern world, governments must protect themselves from any number of cyber threats stemming from bad actors both near and far. Under the leadership of IT Commissioner Marguerite Beirne, we are able to accomplish both of these goals and it is an honor to be recognized for it,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. Westchester County was the only New York State county to be recognized in the one million or more population category and one of only two New York counties across all population categories

Earlier this year, the BCW held a virtual conference featuring a panel of experts on the many challenges facing Broadband/5G connectivity as the foundation for a digital economy. Panelist Ana Rua, who leads New York Government Affairs City & State Strategy at Crown Castle, noted that New York State leads the nation in both mobile connectivity and wired connectivity. “New York State is the only state in the nation that has 98% availability of connectivity, and that was because the state made an extraordinary and robust investment of nearly a billion dollars which is unprecedented,” she said.

Commenting on the survey, NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase said: “In our increasingly complex world, counties are using technology to pursue bold, cutting-edge approaches to serving our residents. From broadband accessibility to public health and safety, from transportation to community development and much more, technology plays a key role in helping our counties thrive. We applaud this year’s Digital Counties Survey winners for their leadership, innovation and expertise in leveraging technology to achieve county goals.”

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