DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Estes Valley Recreation and Park District’s (EVRPD) website received a 2017 Horizon Interactive Award in the government agency website category. The website was recognized for enriching lives with quality recreation. This statement is the core of EVRPD’s mission statement, but wasn’t obvious from its website. The Board of Directors approved a website redesign with the goal of making it easier for citizens to find what they need online so they could spend more time offline—enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities.
The Horizon Interactive Awards (HIA) are among the most prestigious awards in the field of interactive and creative media. They recognize the best websites, website design, interactive, videos, online advertising, print media and mobile applications.
“Our tagline is ‘absolutely recreation’ and our citizens expect no less from their online experience,” said EVRPD Marketing and Communications Manager, Dawn Wilson. “Our website is critical to our business. If it’s inconvenient for citizens to find information on classes they want, they won’t register for them. Our redesign resulted in a more responsive, user-friendly experience.”
Being more responsive also means being more transparent. EVRPD recently opened the Estes Valley Community Center, a 70,000-square foot, multi-generational destination. The website is continuing to serve as a primary communication tool, reassuring citizens that the District is being fiscally responsible with their tax dollars.
“Governments of all sizes and types are responding to the increasing demand for digital services and information,” said Colorado Interactive (CI) President and General Manager, Fred Sargeson. “EVRPD has listened to its citizens and transformed its website to being citizen-centric. Its work has paid off with a Horizon Interactive Award.”
The 2017 competition attracted entries from across the United States and more than 16 countries. A volunteer panel of industry professionals spanning multi-media, graphic design advertising and marketing reviewed over 1,000 entries. The EVRPD website received the award due to its outstanding achievement in interactive media production.
EVRPD turned to Colorado Interactive (CI) and the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) to produce its new website. CI provides digital government services to state agencies, local governments and educational entities through a contract with SIPA—the official internet portal connecting the public with Colorado government. 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 benefitted more than 60 special districts and educational organizations in Colorado.
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 and effective eGovernment services by placing more online to benefit Colorado residents. In addition to no-cost websites, payment processing and event registration setup, SIPA provides SaaS technology solutions, consulting and cyber security assessments. Please visit www.colorado.gov/sipa.
NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV) is 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 6,000 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking personal assistant for government, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single platform for all government interactions. More information is available at www.egov.com.