TOPEKA, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has again ranked the official website for the state of Kansas, Kansas.gov as a “Finalist” in the State Portal Category for the Best of the Web (BOW) awards. Through its annual BOW awards, the CDG recognizes outstanding government portals and websites, based on their innovation, functionality, productivity and performance. In their awards announcement, the CDG praised the Information Network of Kansas for its mobile-first approach to site development. The site’s clean layout and improvements to accessibility also helped Kansas stand out from the pack.
Kansas is the nation’s birthplace of electronic government. For more than 20 years, Kansas has been a consistent leader in producing award-winning eGovernment services. The Kansas.gov portal’s overall content theme aligns with Governor Brownback’s “Roadmap for Kansas.” Core components of the visual strategy include vibrant photos submitted by Kansans that represent the majestic beauty of Kansas.
“The success of this website is in its ability to serve the citizens of our state,” said Governor Sam Brownback. “I am pleased that the website, which reflects the collaboration of state agencies, has been recognized as an effective tool to serve Kansans.”
The new website was developed in cooperation with several key state agencies and at no cost to the state through the self-funded model. The completely new Kansas.gov website benefits citizens with a greatly simplified home page, a complete content reorganization, and a focus on mobile-first technology to provide a streamlined interface for users who visit the site through desktop, smart phones or tablets.
“On behalf of the board of directors of the INK and the Kansas agencies, boards, commissions and councils, we are extremely pleased to accept this recognition”, said Jim Hollingsworth the Executive Director of the Information Network of Kansas. “This award is shared with our state partners in all three branches of government who work every day to serve the citizens of Kansas.”
About the Center for Digital Government
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education. http://www.govtech.com/cdg/
About Information Network of Kansas
The Information Network of Kansas Inc., (INK) is responsible for the oversight of the development of the official Web site for the state of Kansas, Kansas.gov. The portal operates through a public-private relationship between INK and the Kansas Information Consortium, LLC, to help Kansas government entities to web-enable their information services. Kansas Information Consortium, LLC builds, operates, maintains and markets Kansas.gov and is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.
Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.