Michigan unveils user-centric Web portal

Michigan unveils user-centric Web portal

By Wilson Dizard III

GCN Staff

JULY 20—Michigan has launched a new Web portal at www.michigan.gov that targets visitors' own interests rather than making them click through individual agency pages.

The portal presents six themes to guide visitors to state agency information and services. The themes are education and career development; family, health and safety; travel and recreation; business services; Michigan government; and licensing, certification and permits.

Portal users need not know the name of the state agency they seek. They can personalize the content to suit their interests.

'Our theme categories help to break down the barriers between people and government,' Gov. John Engler said in a statement. 'Whether you're looking for licensed day-care providers, a hunting license or verification of a health care provider's license,' he said, they will be easier to find and use.

The state also launched three new online services: a college financial aid guide, a business directory, and a prescreening program to help health and social service providers determine clients' eligibility.

The new services supplement more than 70 interactive functions of the portal. Michigan plans to add about 40 more services to the portal over the next year.

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