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Rowan County's media presence earns big honor

Randy Cress (Source: Rowan County) Randy Cress (Source: Rowan County)
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

Under the leadership of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, Randy Cress, Chief Information Officer for Rowan County, put into motion goals set by the Commissioners to create countywide social media and a new website. 

The efforts have not gone unnoticed.  

On Thursday, the 2017 Digital County Survey Top 10 counties were released with Rowan County being in the top 10 across the United States of Counties under the population of 150,000.

According to a press release by Rowan County manager Aaron Church, Cress is going to Ohio to the Hyatt Regency Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to receive the award at the National Association of Counties Annual Conference.  

Rowan County was the only county in North Carolina to be selected in the up to 150,000 population category.   Cress said, “We are excited.  All the credit goes to the staff in the Information Technology Department.  They all have worked long hours and made sacrifices to create the digital footprint we now have.  But the work has just started; staying in the 21st century requires daily maintenance and attention to social media outlets and our website.”

Chairman Greg Edds conveyed, “Wow!  The Board just wanted for the County’s internet presence to improve.  We didn’t expect to be ranked the Top 10 in the Country for all counties under the population of 150,000.  This is a step forward in our continued efforts to recruit industry and high paying jobs.  When you do the right thing, good things happen.”

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute that focuses on technology policy and best practices in state and local government.  County Manager Aaron Church explained that “under Randy’s leadership the backbone of a solid digital footprint has been built, but this is a team effort by all Departments who are constantly updating their pages, utilizing social media and providing transparent information to the citizens and prospective employers.”  

Church also credited the funding provided by the commissioners as well as the Creative Services Manager, April Everett, whose tireless - around the clock effort keeps the county’s social media up to date.

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