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Lackawanna County’s Information Technology Department has done a three-peat.


The IT division has received national recognition for the third straight year, this time in the area of information and communication technology. The award is from the Center For Digital Government, E-Republic and The National Association of Counties 2103 Digital Counties Survey Award.


According to Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley, Lackawanna County finished third in the 150,000 – 249,999 category. The county was also recognized for being the top County in the State of Pennsylvania throughout all population categories.


The commissioners noted that it is another great honor. It highlights both the staff’s strategic use of funds and innovative ideas that lead to advanced services for the community.


“We have had some great breakthroughs in the IT department and our wireless initiative will make us even more attractive to businesses,” O’Brien said. “This will be a great project for our entire community. It will save the County and businesses money that can be then earmarked for other ventures.”


“This is great news again,” Wansacz said. “It shows the talent of our staff in advancing the county’s technology capabilities in a cost effective manner.”


“This is really tremendous. It is very important for us to continue to have state-of-the-art IT services to get our general and emergency information out to the public,” O’Malley said. “This award lets companies know that Lackawanna County has the cutting edge infrastructure to compete for new jobs and provide sophisticated computing services.”


“This is purely a solidification of the dedication, determination, and hard work of the Information Technology Department, and the focus our County has in thinking “outside the box,” Jeffrey Mando, Chief Information Officer for Lackawanna County said. “I’m very proud of where our County is headed.”


This year, the county scored highly on a wide verity of topics including innovation, environment virtualization, security, social inclusion, computer application programming, networking, doing more with less, and wireless technology.


In this 11th annual awards program, the county competed against thousands of other communities of the same size in the mainland USA national category.


Counties are evaluated independently on different criteria than the previous year. Mr. Mando noted that many of the county’s innovations have served as “models” for other areas to emulate, making the competition even tougher.


With the new wireless initiative, continued upgrades of online records access, growth in social media usage and superior fiscal management, the county will continue to be a leader in IT technology for many years to come.


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