October 21, 2008

Colorado’s Official Web Site Receives Top 10 National Ranking

Colorado's official Web portal is attracting national attention. Colorado.gov (http://www.colorado.gov) was ranked among the top ten state portals in the 2008 Best of the Web national competition for eGovernment achievement.

"We are very honored that our state government has received a top ranking in the 2008 Best of the Web competition," said Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. "This recognition underscores the exceptional progress that our governmental entities are making in providing innovative, economical solutions to better serve Colorado businesses and citizens."

The 2008 Best of the Web competition recognizes the most innovative and user-friendly state Web portals and was conducted by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Sites are judged on delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved citizen access. Representatives from the Center for Digital Government and officials from the 2007 Best of the Web-winning state and local governments served as judges for this year's competition.

Colorado.gov was relaunched in May 2008 and the redesigned portal focuses on usability, dynamic Colorado-specific content, and improved productivity for the tens of thousands of visitors the portal receives each day. Through new technologies, XML feeds, and appropriate Web 2.0 elements, Colorado.gov now offers many enhancements, including:

-- Fold-down top navigation and mouse-over tab panels

-- Increased searching capability through Google

-- Interactive state telephone directory and searchable Contact Compass for state offices

-- Google map mash-ups

-- Content-specific callouts on secondary pages

-- An "icon box" that provides quick links back to home page features from deep within the site

-- Technology that allows quick loading of Colorado.gov via mobile phones and other wireless devices

"Each year, state and local governments continue to make strides toward implementing better access and more efficient Web-delivery of public services," said Cathilea Robinett, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government. "This year's winners represent the very best in each category, and the Center applauds Colorado for its diligence and hard work."

Colorado's official Web portal is overseen by the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority, which is chaired by Senator Bill Cadman. Colorado.gov offers and provides real-time customer support for dozens of interactive government services, including vehicle registration renewals, driver license and state ID card renewals, online tax payments, motor vehicle verifications, and sex offender mapping. Colorado.gov also offers Content Management System (CMS) training and support to agencies to create a consistent, statewide approach to governmental entity Web sites.

"This 2008 Best of the Web award reflects the excellent working relationship between our portal management team and our Colorado government partners," said Dan Morrison, General Manager of Colorado Interactive. "We are very excited to be a part of this ongoing public/private partnership."

About Colorado.gov

Colorado.gov is the official Web site of the state of Colorado (http://www.Colorado.gov) and provider of electronic government solutions for the state. It is managed by Colorado Interactive, LLC, a Denver-based subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV). Colorado.gov is governed by the Statewide Internet Portal Authority, whose mission is to make Colorado government at all levels more accessible to its citizens and businesses and more productive through the use of Internet technologies.

About NIC

NIC manages more eGovernment services than any provider in the world. The company helps government communicate more effectively with citizens and businesses by putting essential services online. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for 2,900 state and local agencies that serve more than 70 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.nicusa.com.