Maine.gov Updated for Mobile Use and Faster Searching

May 14, 2012

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 14, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
Kelly Hokkanen, InforME/Maine.gov
207-621-2600

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage announced today enhancements to the State of Maine’s award-winning website, www.Maine.gov. The newly revamped website takes mobile-ready design to the next level, along with a fresh look, faster speed, and a powerful new search engine.

Tablets and smartphones are changing the way people consume information and Maine.gov is ready. Whether it’s reading a press release, renewing a license, checking fall foliage conditions, or looking for agency contact information, you can get it done at your desk, on a train, or from the comfort of your own home. You can even sign up to get notified by text message or email from state agencies for the specific topics you care about, such as weather alerts, news, road construction, fishing tips, lottery numbers, and state flag display etiquette.

Governor LePage remarked, “Combining innovative design with user-friendly navigation, Maine.gov is a site for the people. It provides transparency and efficiency.”

Recent updates to the site include:

•Responsive Design: Maine.gov downloads fast and displays beautifully on any device and screen size, so users can get things done and stay informed from anywhere.

•New search engine: The new search feature is faster and provides better results. The search box is now more prominent and the type-ahead suggestions help users find content, services, and agencies.

•Speed Optimization: The updated site is faster than ever, even on mobile devices.

•Dynamic service activity: The site includes trending topics and activity statistics from the previous week for online services

•More mobile services: Several Maine.gov online services are now available for mobile devices. (www.maine.gov/portal/mobile/)

•User engagement: Social media options include Twitter, Facebook, and a Flickr photo-sharing feature.

“Maine.gov is not just innovative and appealing, it is easy to use for a broad range of citizens wherever they are and on any device,” noted Maine’s Chief Information Officer, Jim Smith.

Additionally, multiple state agencies are working to improve department websites. The Maine Departments of Environmental Protection has launched a redesigned website that projects a more accessible, approachable and assistance-oriented agency.

The new www.maine.gov/dep conveys DEP’s renewed culture of cooperation with contact information taking a more prominent position throughout the site, including being featured on the homepage and on every page in the footer.

Meanwhile, a major project is currently underway to increase accessibility and transparency of State of Maine data. The Office of Information Technology and InforME expect to release a significant amount of data, including accounting data and payroll information, which will be uploaded online in a searchable, easy to use format. The new website is expected to be available this fall.

For a complete list of State departments, information and resources visit www.Maine.gov .

About Maine.gov Maine.gov (http://www.Maine.gov) is the official Web portal of the state of Maine. Maine.gov is operated by InforME, a self-funded collaborative effort between the state of Maine and Maine Information Network, LLC.

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