Montgomery County’s 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. It’s 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 County’s site as having “a comprehensive web portal that provides one-stop shopping for news, information and County services.” They noted that the “site’s 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 site’s 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 site’s 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, we’ve 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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