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City Website Again Honored for Excellence

Thursday September 1, 2011

Site places second in the U.S. in the Best of the Web annual awards

Louisville Metro Government’s website has been honored with a Best of the Web award from e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. This year took second place in the annual awards, finishing only behind first-place winner Seattle, in the city portal category.

In its 16th year, Best of the Web (BOW) recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency.

“In a world where people increasingly go straight to the internet to get information, our city’s website is a valuable tool,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I applaud the Metro Technology team for the hard work and dedication that resulted in this national honor once again.”

Louisville has been entered in the awards since 2006, finishing in the top 4 every year, with a 2nd place finish in 2010, just behind first-place Boston.

“One of our missions is to provide convenient access to city services, a key directive in the Mayor’s Citizen Bill of Rights,” Beth Niblock, Chief Information Officer for Metro Government said. “My team has done a great job developing an easy to use website, applications for mobile devices, location-based mapping, and simple pay-online services, all part of the Mayor’s strategy.”

“The goal of every government website is to provide online services and information to constituents,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “However, this year’s winners have taken the power of the Web to the next level – combining clear communication, design aesthetic and easy navigation. Their foresight and leadership is creating unforeseen opportunities in government-to-citizen interaction and positioning the portal as a critical piece of public service delivery. The Center thanks them for their continuing innovation and congratulates them on their achievements!”

2011 Best of the Web award-winners:

City Portal Category:

1st Place: City of Seattle
2nd Place: Louisville Metro Government
3rd Place: City of Arvada, Colorado
4th Place: City of Riverside, California
5th Place: City of Danville, Virginia

City of Fort Collins, Colorado
City of Mesa, Arizona
City of Raleigh, North Carolina
City of Richmond, Virginia
City of Tampa, Florida