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For Immediate Release 
April 4, 2001 
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky 
207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky to Address Lewiston/Auburn Rotary Club
Presentation to highlight Rapid Renewal, a New e-Government service

Thursday, April 5, 2001 at 12:30 p.m.
Ramada Inn and Conference Center
490 Pleasant Street, Lewiston

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will speak to the Lewiston/Auburn Rotary Club on Thursday, April 5, 2001 at the Ramada Inn located on Pleasant Street in Lewiston.  Secretary Gwadosky’s topic will be Rapid Renewal: Online Vehicle Registration Renewal.  His presentation will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.

In December 2000, Rapid Renewal, a new online service that allows Maine citizens in participating municipalities to renew their motor vehicle registration over the Internet was introduced in Bangor, Brunswick, China, Corinna, Hermon, Holden, Lewiston, Portland, Saco and Waterville.  These ten municipalities worked in cooperation with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and InforME, the Information Resource of Maine, to develop the Rapid Renewal pilot project.

Rapid Renewal is a voluntary program for municipalities.  Any municipality that would like to provide this convenient alternative service to their citizens may now apply to become part of the program.  This presentation on Rapid Renewal includes an overview of the program, a demonstration of the Rapid Renewal service and a general discussion of the impact of online services on citizens.