Apparently Duthcess County is right on top of things when it comes to the digital game as a recent survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NAC) for 2014 ranks our dear old Dutchess County as #2 in the nation for the use of information and communications technology. This is for counties with population size between 250,000 – 499,999. The two organizations recognize the countries best examples of the use of technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Dutchess County has also been ranked before to the tune of being in the top 10 for more than a decade.

There are some examples below of some of the public outreach and information services the county offers:

Dutchess Delivery : this allows users to subscribe to more than 50 topics and have updates sent to them through their email or via text.

County Clerk Document Search System: A great service that allows users to search documents and images of 1,300,000 filed land and legal documents that can be downloaded for a small fee.

Parcel Access: This is the most popular of the County's websites as it serves millions of pages to users every year on a wide variety of property data. This can allow you to search addresses, estimate taxes, get appeal info and more. There is even more helpful tools at the County Clerk's page that has the link for Parcel Access. 

Social Media: And of course there is social media and the Dutchess County Government is extremely active on both Facebook and Twitter using both to constantly update and exchange important information to residents. The Office of Emergency Management even launched a new Facebook page for immediate and important storm info and other emergency news. 

Congratulations to Duchess County not just for the national recognition but for that recognition to be for such a valuable number of resources vital to it's residents.