STATE AND LOCAL

Utah's award-winning Web site

Utah's official web portal, Utah.gov, has earned multiple awards during the past two years in recognition of its innovative use of technology.

The Center for Digital Government ranked Utah.gov first in its Digital States Survey in 2008, and also awarded the site first place in the Best of the Web competition in 2007. The GovMark Council recognized the State Construction Registry on the site as the "Best Overall Marketing Program," as well as the "Best State and Local Marketing Program," in both 2007 and 2008.

The Web site provides access to nearly 800 online services for citizens and businesses, including driver’s license and vehicle registration renewal online. It receives the most visitors per capita of any government Web site in the United States.

Last year the site recorded more than 12 million visits, processed 9.6 million online transactions, and launched 37 new services, including the new Public Meeting Notice site, which allows visitors to search and locate public meetings scheduled by government organizations throughout Utah. The site is managed and operated through a public-private partnership between the state and Utah Interactive, a subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC.

"Utah's site is one of the most robust and citizen-friendly sites in the nation. Not only is it packed full of services for both businesses and citizens, it is also beautifully designed and highly functional," said Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.

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Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.

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