SALT LAKE CITY -- The official website for the state of Utah, Utah.Gov, was recognized with a Best in Class Interactive Media Award, sponsored by the Interactive Media Council, Inc. (IMC).
The Best in Class signifies the highest honor bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards-a near perfect overall score. Entries are judged on five different criteria areas including design, content, feature functionality, usability, and standards compliance and cross-browser compatibility. Since 2006, the IMC has recognized the highest standards of excellence in website design and development throughout the world. The IMC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating the standards of excellence on the Internet.
"Being recognized with this prestigious international award is remarkable," said Stephen Fletcher, Utah State Chief Information Officer. "Continually leveraging technology to deliver innovate results to Utah citizens and other users, Utah.Gov is pleased to be not only considered for the Interactive Media Award, but a Best in Class winner. Recognized in the same category as Hong Kong (HKSAR) and Australia, Utah.Gov is pleased to represent the domestic eGovernment community as a winner."
Other Best in Class winners include Kodak, the American Cancer Society, Microsoft and Samsung.
In June 2011, Utah.Gov unveiled a new navigation, layout and design. The positive international response was significant as government organizations throughout the country and world continue to use Utah.Gov as their eGovernment model. Utah.Gov has been recognized with over 75 awards, an unprecedented amount for a State government website. This year alone, Utah.Gov has won 9 awards.
Utah.gov is the entry point to over 1,000 online services and benefits over 2.7 million residents in the State of Utah. Utah.gov provides citizens and businesses with more convenient options for interacting with government. Through Utah.gov, citizens can find public meetings, renew their vehicle registration, buy a hunting and fishing license, register a business, find a transparent state budget, and much more. In 2010 alone, Utah.gov received an unprecedented 15 awards making it the nation's most honored state website.
Utah.gov is the official Web portal for the State of Utah (http://www.Utah.gov). It was ranked first in the nation in the Center for Digital Government's 2009 Best of the Web competition. It is managed and operated without tax funds through a public-private partnership between the state and Utah Interactive, the Salt Lake City-based official eGovernment partner for the state of Utah. Utah Interactive is part of eGovernment firm NIC's family of companies.