Riverside County named one of nation’s Top 10 digital counties

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. The annual survey recognizes the best practices of counties using technology to improve and streamline services.

In part, Riverside County was recognized for its RIVCOconnect broadband project, which has a goal to bring gigabit internet services to all Riverside County residents and businesses. The $2 billion to $4 billion project will spur the regional economy because businesses will continue to need high-speed fiber connections to operate and grow their businesses. The private-public partnership does not rely on taxpayer dollars. Instead, private-sector partners that supply fiber broadband services nationally will be interested in the project to access the large customer base in the county and to take advantage of the streamlined municipal permitting processes the project offers.

“Digital counties are leveraging technology to improve the ways they conduct business and engage with citizens in increasingly innovative and exciting ways,” Todd Sander, the center’s executive director, said. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to reduce costs, encourage citizen engagement, increase efficiencies and proactively address citizen expectations.”

The county also was recognized for two other efforts. The digital inclusion program helps to bridge the digital divide for students, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and those receiving social services through the donation of computers. The county’s open data program improves transparency and insight into county operations and finances. The open-data portal can be reached at www.data.countyofriverside.us/.

National Association of Counties Executive Director Matthew Chase said that as technology’s role in people’s lives increases, county governments are adapting and innovating.

“The Digital Counties Survey spotlights how counties deploy technology to enhance services and benefit residents while being responsible stewards of taxpayers resources,” he said.

Riverside County officials were pleased for the recognition of the county’s work to create a smart community.

“Bringing the nation’s highest-speed internet to all residents and business is key to accessing the digital future. It provided businesses opportunities for large and small firms and helps close the digital divide,” Tom Mullen, chief data officer for Riverside County, said.

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