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For Immediate Release: 3/5/2004 9:21:00 AM
Montgomery County Website Wins Another National Award; MuniNet Guide Designates County as a 2003 Top Pick

Montgomery Countys web site www.montgomerycountymd.gov has been designated as a Top Pick of 2003 by MuniNetGuide.com, a leading national web site covering municipal-related content on the Internet.

The internet has been a fantastic tool for helping Montgomery County reach out to our residents and businesses and provide better service, said Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. Recently, we gave our website a new look, feel and design to make it even easier to use. Its a great honor to be recognized for our efforts, and I hope more residents will visit the website to take advantage of the information available.

MuniNet selected 14 websites based on their comprehensiveness, the opportunities for interaction between residents and government, and the quality of the information provided. MuniNet described Montgomery Countys site as having a comprehensive web portal that provides one-stop shopping for news, information and County services. They noted that the sites efficient design complements its focus on customer service by offering visitors many intuitive routes to locate specific content along with an impressive variety of e-government services. MuniNet particularly liked the sites County Services Locator, the ability to pay library overdue fees or reserve a baseball field, as well as the helpful InfoTip (and archives) on the sites home page.

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.

MuniNetGuide.com is an online guide and directory to web sites for state, county and local governments and other municipal-related matters.

Whereas in the past, weve recognized sites for having it all content and style this year, we found several sites that were really awe-inspiring, said Mardee Alvaro, who has been editor of MuniNet Guide since its inception in 1996.

The comprehensiveness of content, a focus on citizens as valued customers, and the overall sophistication of municipal and related web sites have all risen to new levels, over the past year, Alvaro said. And, those sites that stand out among their peers offer something beyond the ordinary.

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Release ID: 04-101
Media Contact: Esther Bowring 240-777-6530

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