County earns tech award

Jackson County is one of the top 10 most technologically advanced counties of its size in the U.S., according to an annual study by e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.

The way this county uses technology, particularly through its Web site and other Web features, has given it a ranking of eighth nationwide in the 2009 Digital Counties Survey.

"We are honored to be recognized for our leading-edge technology use," stated Mark Decker, director of the county Information Technology Services, in a prepared statement.

Last year the county completed a major Web site renovation to provide more information, easier navigation and improved search tools.

Some of the new features on the site include interactive maps to find county offices and instant electronic feeds of county news and election results.

The county has a live video feature through Rogue Valley Community Television so that viewers can see the weekly Board of Commissioners' meetings.

Jackson County competes with other counties that have a population between 150,000 and 249,999. The winner was Roanoke County, Va.

Results of the survey are at or

— Damian Mann

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