AUGUSTA, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Throughout 2015, the state of Maine, in partnership with its eGovernment portal provider InforME, made significant strides and advancements to the state’s web presence (www.Maine.gov) creating new ways for citizens and businesses to engage with government online. These advancements have further cemented Maine’s web presence as one of the best government websites in the nation.
The State developed twelve new online services and websites in 2015, expanding eGovernment for both businesses and the general public. New offerings now include a service that allows attorneys to renew their licenses online, a pre-screening tool for locating long-term care resources and an online request system that provides residents with the ability to obtain a duplicate of their motor vehicle title.
In addition to the new online applications, Maine launched twenty-four enhancements to existing services, such as the Professional Licensing service, Notary Public Commission Renewals, Public Criminal Records Requests and Online Driver License Renewals. All of these upgrades and improvements focused on making each service more accessible and functional for the public.
The State also took steps to promote Maine’s open data initiative by launching the Maine Open Data Portal (www.data.maine.gov), a one-stop location for public data sets ranging from Maine lighthouses to hunting and fishing information. The new data portal allows the public to visualize data sets in a variety of ways including maps, charts, and text files. Moving forward, the State will continue to acquire new data sets to make this portal even more beneficial to the public.
Finally, the portal, its websites, and its services, received national recognition throughout the year. These achievements continue to demonstrate the state’s commitment to providing the best possible online experience for Maine citizens.
Awards won in 2015 include:
- The Maine Business Answers service (www.maine.gov/businessanswers/), provided by the Department of Economic and Community Development, was honored as a top online application receiving an award that recognizes achievements in the fields of both creativity and communications. The service received a Silver Communicator Award of Distinction from the International Academy of Visual Arts.
- The State of Maine’s Web Portal (www.Maine.gov) received national recognition from two different organizations in 2015. In the annual “Best of the Web” Competition, sponsored by the Center for Digital Government (CDG), Maine.gov was ranked as a top 10 state government website. Maine.gov also received a Silver W3 Award, an award presented by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts honoring creative excellence on the web.
- The online Corporate Fraud Monitoring service (www1.maine.gov/online/sos/cfm/), provided by the Maine Secretary of State, received a StateScoop 50 Award for IT Program of the Year. The award highlights the best examples of influential State and Local IT Programs that have delivered cost services, superior performance results and partnerships between agencies.
Maine’s eGovernment initiative continues to move forward due to hard work, ingenuity and the State’s commitment to excellence. Learn more about Maine.gov websites and online services through RSS Feeds, Twitter and Facebook.
Maine.gov (http://www.Maine.gov) is the official Web portal of the state of Maine. Maine.gov is a service of InforME, a collaborative effort between the state of Maine and Maine Information Network, LLC, part of the NIC (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” six times, most recently ranked at No. 36 (2014), and the Company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.