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Winning Programs Cover Body Worn Cameras, Veterans Resources, Brain Health and Food Insecurity 

This morning County Executive Kevin Kamenetz took time to personally thank several County employees for their innovative efforts that helped Baltimore County earn national recognition for programs including the Police Department’s new Body Worn Cameras initiative, and programs serving seniors, veterans, and more.

The County was awarded five 2017 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), including one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas at Work” designations for the Department of Aging’s Food Agent program that assigns volunteers to deliver free food to homebound seniors.

“Once again, Baltimore County was hailed as a national leader by NACo for our fresh approach to providing residents with cost-effective services in a way that emphasizes public safety, transparency and compassion,” Kamenetz said. “Our extremely dedicated Department of Aging staff really outdid themselves this year with three awards, including one of the top 100 ‘brilliant ideas at work’ awards for their Food Agent program, which proactively identifies low-income homebound seniors and coordinates regular delivery of donated groceries by volunteers.”

The Baltimore County agencies that merited national recognition this year include:

  • Baltimore County Police Department, Office of Information Technology and State’s Attorney’s Office for the Police Body-Worn Camera Program
  • Department of Aging for the Food Agent Program – “100 Brilliant Ideas at Work” Winner
  • Department of Aging for their “Brain Matters” Educational Initiative
  • Department of Aging and the HomeFront Committee of Baltimore County for the Veterans Outreach Initiative
  • Office of Information Technology for its ESRI Open Data Site transparency initiative 

“I continue to be impressed by the outstanding efforts of our County agencies and especially appreciate our employees’ commitment to building strong communities and caring for our most vulnerable people,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Tom Quirk. 


Award Highlights Innovation and Streamlining of Government Services

Baltimore County is ranked among the top five most tech-savvy mid-sized county governments in the nation, according to the Center for Digital Government’s 15th annual 2017 Digital Counties Survey in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Among the counties that participated, Baltimore County earned the fourth place ranking in the category for counties with populations from 500,000 to 999,000. 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 are very proud to be recognized for our success in making the most of technology to maximize efficiencies in a way that helps us enhance public safety, improve our schools, and better serve our citizens,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I appreciate the outstanding efforts of our talented technology staff here at the County,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Improving Government Services through Technology

This year, the survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services. Some highlights of the survey’s criteria include practices that encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and reduce carbon emissions.

Baltimore County was honored as a top-ranked county at the 2017 Digital Counties Survey Awards Reception during NACo’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Columbus, Ohio on July 22, and received the Digital Counties Survey Award. Additionally, winners will be featured in the Center’s best practices and thought leadership white papers.

About the Digital Counties Survey

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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017