Baltimore County News
Digital Counties Survey award considered a top measures of government technology performance
For the fifth year in a row, Baltimore County is ranked among the top ten counties in the nation according to the Center for Digital Government’s 14th annual 2016 Digital Counties Survey in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Among the counties that participated, Baltimore County earned the 6th place ranking in the category for counties with populations of 500,000 or more. The award recognizes counties considered to be “digital leaders” in terms of aligning technology initiatives with strategic priorities to provide significant cost savings and administrative efficiencies.
“We came in seventh place last year and have worked our way up to number six this year, thanks to our highly talented and dedicated technology staff here at the County,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “While the ranking is nice, it’s really gratifying that these outside experts recognize the tremendous strides we have made in harnessing technology to make our government work smarter and more efficiently so we can enhance the services we provide.”
Enhancing lifestyle through technology
This year, the survey recognizes leading counties across the nation that focus their technologies and innovations to enhance the lifestyle of people in the county. Topics in the survey included: transparency in government, mobility and mobile application initiatives, citizen engagement, collaborative initiatives, cybersecurity, hiring and retaining competent staff, broadband and wireless infrastructure, efficiency, resiliency, and the use of innovative and best practices.
Baltimore County will be honored as a top-ranked county at the 2016 Digital Counties Survey Awards Reception during NACo’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Long Beach, California on July 23, and will receive the Digital Counties Survey Award. Additionally, winners will be featured in the Center’s best practices and thought leadership white papers.
The Digital Counties Survey is hosted by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The organization also provides government, education and industry leaders with decision support, research and educational services to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. This survey is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), a full-service organization that provides legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance to county governments.
By Josh McCready, Communications Assistant, BCPL
Personalized help is waiting for customers of the Baltimore County Public Library through the “My Librarian” program. This new program at BCPL allows people to schedule a free 60-minute appointment with a librarian.
Anyone can get help with downloading books, audiobooks and magazines to their mobile device; assistance with job searches, résumés and email setup. They can learn more about the library’s many databases; find out how to do genealogy research; get basic computer help including Microsoft Office; learn how to manage their BCPL account using the library’s mobile app and much more. In order to receive the best possible service, we recommend having a valid Baltimore County Public Library card.
Customers can request an appointment online at www.bcpl.info/mylibrarian or in person at any of our 19 branches. Once a request has been completed, a librarian will contact the customer within three days to set up an appointment. They may be contacted by phone or email for more information prior to setting up an appointment and to determine whether an appointment is the best option. For quick email or phone questions, we are still encouraging customers to use our Ask a Librarian service (bcpl.libanswers.com).
For more information visit www.bcpl.info/mylibrarian.
Sara Trenery, Business Development Representative
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
Baltimore County has long been a prime spot for companies specializing in advanced electronics, radar, and microwave technologies. These often low-key businesses operate “under the radar,” so to speak, designing, engineering, manufacturing and servicing equipment used by the Department of Defense. Here’s a look at a company that crossed the pond and found Baltimore County to be the perfect location for their specialized tech business.
TMD Technologies is one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of specialized parts for radar and electronic warfare applications, as well as advanced commercial microwave amplifiers for EMC testing, scientific and medical applications. Last year, the UK-based company established its first U.S. subsidiary, TMD Technologies LLC, in Baltimore County. Based in Halethorpe, the new subsidiary offers a significant benefit to U.S. customers, bringing local technical support, repair and product support, dealing with export compliance and handling classified interchanges.
TMD has sold a large number of microwave products to U.S. customers over many years and the company recognized the desirability of having a North American office to service its U.S. customers more efficiently and effectively. The company looked at sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware before selecting the Beltway Business Park in Halethorpe. Access to federal decision makers and defense contractors and a prime location at the intersection of I-695 and I-95 near BWI Marshall Airport were attractive to the U.K.-headquartered company.
"TMD's success in the U.S. radar and electronic warfare (EW) market has been exceptional. Enhancing TMD's U.S. support presence to better serve our customers is extremely exciting and Baltimore County was the right location for this facility," said Mike Farley, CEO of the TMD Technologies U.S.
For more information on locating in Baltimore County, contact the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 410-887-8000 or visit online at www.BaltimoreCountyBusiness.com.
Revised April 6, 2016