Montgomery County’s web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov captured first place nationwide for a county government portal page in the Center for Digital Government’s 2003 Best of the Web Awards. The Center for Digital Government is an international research and advisory institute on information technology in government and education.
''We want to make Montgomery County government’s programs and services more accessible to the people we serve, and the presence we first launched on the World Wide Web nearly a decade ago has allowed us to make steady progress in this area,” said Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. “It’s a great honor to be recognized for our portal page, and I hope our residents will visit to take advantage of the information available there.”
“This recognition is wonderful. We have strived to offer the best portal and on-line services possible to our citizens and are constantly trying to improve our offerings,” said Montgomery County Department of Technology Services Director Alisoun Moore. “We like to be innovative and forward thinking in our technology initiatives and set a pace that is ahead of the curve. This mindset allows us to be fresh and responsive to our citizens in the services we offer for their convenience. Its great to be recognized as a national leader in technology.”
The annual awards are presented to web sites that are innovative, efficient and offer easily accessible on-line services. The sites are also judged on their ability to communicate well with citizens, businesses and educational communities. The panel of judges includes representatives from the Center for Digital Government, Center for Digital Education, Government Technology magazine, NYWired for Education, Inc., State Technologies, Inc., and 2002 Best of the Web contest first-place winners.
The state of Utah earned first place in the state category of the Best of the Web portal page competition, and Washington D.C. earned first place in the city category.
According to Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government and a Best of the Web judge for all of its eight years, “Utah, Washington, DC and Montgomery County have beautiful Web sites. Each offers a variety of online services that are easy to navigate and have the most advanced common look-and-feel features in the nation. Capturing first-place in the Best of the Web contest reflects their true commitment to the citizens and businesses of their respective jurisdictions,” she added.
The Center for Digital Technology will sponsor a formal awards presentation ceremony for the first place award-winners on October 23 in New York City.
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