SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Center for Digital Government awarded Gov. Gary R. Herbert with first place in the Government Experience Awards. Utah also won two additional category awards and special recognition for innovation. After 20 years of the Best of the Web Awards, the Center for Digital Government updated the competition this year to evaluate the new environment for online services. The Government Experience Awards recognize the achievements and best practices of states, cities and counties that excel at creating useful online government services and applications.
“Our state is once again being recognized as a national leader in providing valuable online tools that make government more accessible to citizens,” said Gov. Gary Herbert. “We are honored that the Center for Digital Government has chosen to recognize Utah’s efforts with this first place award.”
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and sets the standard for measuring best practices in state and local government.
“We work hard to provide the very best online services for Utahns," said Mike Hussey, Utah state Chief Information Officer. "It is very satisfying to be recognized by the Center for Digital Government.”
In addition to Utah’s First Place award Utah.Gov services won category awards for:
- Government-to-Citizen Experience Award: Utah Hunting and Fishing Services
- Government-to-Government Experience Award: Utah Public Meeting Notice
Utah also received special recognition by winning the Center for Digital Government Innovation Award for Predictive Government Through Google Now and Amazon Alexa.
Utah.gov is the entry point to over 1,000 online services and benefits over 3 million residents in the state of Utah. Utah.gov provides citizens and businesses with more convenient options for interacting with government. Through Utah.gov, citizens can find public meetings, renew their vehicle registration, buy a hunting and fishing license, register a business, find a transparent state budget, and much more. In 2016 alone, Utah.gov received 20 awards making it the nation’s most honored state website. Utah.gov is managed and operated through a public-private partnership between the state and Utah Interactive, the Salt Lake City-based official digital government partner for the state of Utah. Utah Interactive is part of digital government firm NIC’s family of companies.
Founded in 1992, NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is celebrating 25 years as the nation’s premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 12,000 digital government services for more than 4,500 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking digital government personal assistant, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single access point for government interactions. More information is available at www.egov.com.