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For Immediate Release
September 16, 2003
Contact: Chip Gavin
207-626-8408

*** Media Advisory ***

New "Maine.gov" license plate to be unveiled
Governor and Secretary of State update state vehicle tags

AUGUSTA - Governor John E. Baldacci and Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will unveil a new license plate for state vehicles at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 17. The new design features Maine's award-winning web portal: www.Maine.gov.

The outdoor event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at the courtyard between the Burton M. Cross Office Building and the State House, within the Capitol Complex in Augusta. The event will include the attachment of the inaugural black and white Maine.gov license plate to a state vehicle. The existing plate for state vehicles will be phased out.

Maine.gov is the official portal of the State of Maine and is the internet gateway for businesses, citizens, visitors and others to interact electronically with state government. The portal attracts approximately 4.5 million page hits per month, up from just 1 million per month in the year 2000. The new plate is intended to advance awareness of Maine.gov and the eGovernment services and other resources the portal offers.

Hundreds of online services now are available through the Maine.gov web portal. They include consumer services such as renewing a vehicle registration, business services such as annual report filings, recreational products such as fishing licenses, and much more.

Secretary of State Gwadosky oversees the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Maine and also is chair of the InforME Board of Directors, which is responsible for helping to oversee the Maine.gov portal.