The Marin County Information Technology team has been ranked # 1 nationally in its population category for digital achievements in its response to COVID-19, racial equity, open government and more.
The ranking was announced by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) earlier this month. Marin earned the top spot for counties with populations between 250,000 and 499,999. The survey is being conducted by CDG in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to identify technological best practices in US counties .
“It’s really amazing,” said Liza Massey, the county’s information officer. “People sometimes don’t understand the value of being recognized, but this is really a testament to the employees who have also worked as disaster relief workers. “
In its announcement, CDG said that “Marin County has adapted IT governance to the circumstances of the chaotic onset of the pandemic,” noting partnerships with the Department of Elections, Cybersecurity and Digital Equity, and a Digital Marin project that brought free Wi-Fi to students in the San Rafael canal district.
San Rafael City Librarian Henry Bankhead called the Canal Wi-Fi network “a turning point.”
“This has been particularly crucial during the COVID shutdown, and the project proves the effectiveness of working with a broad coalition of partners, including MARINet, the library, schools and the Canal Alliance as well as the County IST and City Digital Services, to solve shared community challenges, ”Bankhead said.
In its awards ceremony, the county highlighted other information technology initiatives, including the development of Marin Compass, the county’s public emergency portal, the move to virtual meetings for the supervisory board and others.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of technology for all of our residents, especially our older residents for telehealth and our young residents for going to school and doing their homework,” said the chairman of the board. monitoring Dennis Rodoni in a statement. “Technology has proven to be a great friend of transparency and access to local government. … Any Sailor should be very proud of this national recognition.
Massey said other projects are underway to help bridge the digital divide, including internet access efforts in Marin City and Bolinas along the Marin coast.
“If COVID had any silver lining, it’s that it shone a spotlight on students and seniors, communities that have challenges,” Massey said. “We need collaboration and when someone in these communities speaks up to start the effort that others are joining. The message merged during COVID. It’s really shown.