The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute that focuses on information technology and best practices in state and local government. Maine.gov was evaluated on a number of areas including overall innovation, web-based delivery of public services, efficiency and functionality.About Maine.gov Maine.gov ( http://www.Maine.gov) is the official Web portal of the state of Maine. Maine.gov is a service of InforME, a collaborative effort between the state of Maine and Maine Information Network, LLC. part of the NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies. About NIC NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.
The Maine State Web Portal, www.Maine.gov, has once again received national recognition from the Center for Digital Government (CDG) distinguishing it as one of the top state government web portals for 2013. For the twelfth time in 13 years, Maine.gov has placed among the top 10 government websites by the Center for Digital Government in their prestigious “Best of the Web” competition. This year Maine was awarded a fifth-place ranking. “Every year, in some shape or form, the Maine.gov website is honored and recognized as one of the best government resources in the country,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Mainers should have a strong sense of pride that their state understands the importance of online information and services and sets high expectations for its web presence.” Maine.gov is the entry portal to more than 300,000 pages of state government content and over 1,400 online services. In 2012, Maine.gov received over 55 million page views. Maine.gov helps users find information, complete tasks, and stay informed with tools such as multimedia, mobile services, email and text alerts, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS. One of the primary features of Maine.gov is its responsive design. Ahead of the innovative curve, Maine.gov released its first responsive design template in 2010 to evolve along with its user base. Each year since then the responsive template has been updated and new versions have been released to keep pace with advancements. The current version of the responsive portal is flexible, fast and user-centered. “These awards create a great sense of competition and really challenge states to innovate, develop efficiencies and offer accessibility to their citizens,” stated Chief Technology Officer Greg McNeal, who servers as the Chair of Maine’s InforME Board overseeing Maine.gov. “Maine.gov is a site built to serve its users. Government, at any level, has a responsibility and obligation to provide accessible and efficient resources to empower its citizens. Maine has consistently delivered a high quality, innovative, online resource for the general public, and the 2013 site is no different.”