Maine Takes Second Place In Annual Best of Web Competition

NEW YORK: - Maine Secretary of State Dan Gwadosky, Chief Information Officer Harry Lanphear and InforME President Tamara Dukes accepted the Center for Digital Government award for Maine's second place finish in the Center's annual ranking of government web sites.

Websites are moving into a new era of e-government services according to officials who judged over 350 entries received in this year's Best of the Web Awards. "From on-line services that offer greater convenience for citizens to internal efficiencies created by sharing technologies among government agencies, the 2002 Best of the Web winners demonstrate the power of the government portal" said Cathelia Robinett, Executive Director for the Center for Digital Government. "Government portals are truly becoming the citizen gateway to services as sites become more robust and easier to navigate. This year's competition was extremely tough especially in the state site category with all sites in the top five being models for the country".

The websites were judged for innovation, functionality, efficiency, participation and economy by representatives from the Center for Digital Government, Government Technology magazine, Public Technology Inc., State Technologies Inc., and the 2001 Best of the Web Contest winners from California and New York City. Maine placed ahead of several large states that are considered leaders in this area, including Pennsylvania and Washington.

Secretary of State Gwadosky, who is chair of the InforME Board which helps oversee the development of Maine's portal, www.Maine.gov, said "I am pleased to accept the award on behalf of the Board and all the state employees who have worked so hard to make our site useful to the citizens and businesses of Maine".

"Maine's progress in the area of e-Government in the past few years has been remarkable. We have improved from our first site design, with no on-line services, to a national leader in providing efficient and easy-to-use services. Our 2nd place finish in this year's competition shows that all states, big or small, can embrace this new way to interact with our citizens and businesses" said Governor Angus King.

The site boasts over 250 on-line services for both citizens and businesses, the first inter-government e-commerce application, the first e-commerce IVR application, and receives over 4.4 million visits every month. The award was presented in coordination with the New York Technology Forum.

Contact: Harry Lanphear, (207) 624-7561