DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With under 350 residents, the little town of Dinosaur, Colorado, welcomes visitors to big attractions like Dinosaur National Monument, the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway, an annual hang gliding competition attracting hundreds of participants from around the world, and the world’s largest elk population. The town now has a convenient way to promote this impressive list of things to do with its first website. “We’re a council-driven town,” explains Assistant Clerk, Niki Austin. “I was directed by our Town Council to create a website to give the town more recognition and promote tourism.”
Another website goal was incorporating strategies that efficiently serve citizens. The website puts contact information for critical town services, such as reporting an after-hours emergency, law enforcement, utilities and social services (The Emergency Food Assistance Program, senior services, etc.) at their fingertips.
The town also wanted to offer the convenience—and reassurance—of secure online payments. Citizens can now pay licenses, fees, fines and utilities through the website. “I thought the payment processing integration was going to be the most difficult part of creating our website,” says Niki. “However, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) and Colorado Interactive (CI) made it the easiest.”
CI provides digital government services to state agencies and local governments through a contract with SIPA—the official Internet portal connecting the public with Colorado governments. The partnership’s mission allows government leaders to focus on delivering on-demand, digital government solutions without requests for proposals or the use of tax appropriations. The CI/SIPA partnership has benefited more than 75 municipalities (cities, towns, villages, etc.) of all sizes throughout Colorado.
"Regardless of a government partner’s size, secure payment processing is critical to accepting online payments,” says Colorado Interactive’s President and General Manager, Fred Sargeson. "We manage every aspect of the payment life cycle, providing citizens with the reassurance that municipalities can safely accept their online payments.”
Municipalities in need of free website development and hosting as well as payment processing through the Colorado.gov Web portal, should contact SIPA.
About Colorado Interactive
Colorado Interactive (CI) is the team behind the official website of the state of Colorado (http://www.colorado.gov) and is overseen by the Statewide Internet Portal Authority. The portal operates through a public-private partnership between the state and CI to help Colorado government entities web-enable their services. CI builds, operates, maintains, and markets Colorado.gov and is part of the digital government firm, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).
Established in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) is a self-funded government organization created to be Colorado's single most comprehensive delivery channel for electronic government (eGovernment) services. SIPA strives to accelerate the adoption of efficient, effective electronic government services by placing more government information and services online to benefit citizens.
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 13,000 digital government services for more than 5,500 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.