Kentucky's official Web portal, kentucky.gov, was recently selected as the fifth best in the nation by a panel of national judges. The winners of the 2007 Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards were announced by the Center For Digital Government at its 11th Anniversary Awards Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Best of the Web (BOW) is an annual awards program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government Web portals. This national awards program judges state, city and county Web sites on their innovation, Web-delivery of public services, efficiency, economy and functionality for improved citizen access.
The BOW ranks the top five states and categorizes the next five as finalists. Kentucky's fifth place finish was its highest ranking in the eight years since the BOW began. The top five states were Utah, Maine, Virginia, Delaware and Kentucky, followed by the finalists (in alphabetical order) Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas.
"We are excited to be recognized with a Best of the Web award from the Center for Digital Government," commented Commissioner Mark Rutledge of the Commonwealth Office of Technology. "Gov. Fletcher’s technology plan, the Prescription for Innovation, has become the model for advancing government technology initiatives and delivering e-government services. I also want to thank Cathilea Robinett and the Center for Digital Government for their leadership and vision on digital government."
Rutledge also complimented the efforts of Kentucky Interactive, LLC for their work to support the commonwealth's e-government initiatives. Kentucky Interactive, LLC, is the commonwealth's strategic partner responsible for managing, hosting, building and marketing the official Kentucky.gov Web portal and e-government solutions using a self-funding model.
Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center For Digital Government, offered these enthusiastic words of praise, "2007 was an amazing year for our Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards. The competition was fierce and there were many applications and portals that were top notch. It's clear that America's state and local governments are unrelenting in their pursuit of excellence for the citizens they serve."
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To visit Kentucky's official state Web site go to: kentucky.gov.
The Kentucky.gov portal provides hundreds of interactive services and more than 1 million pages of electronic information all without the use of appropriated tax dollars.