October 7, 2014 - e.Republic's Center for Digital Government has announced the winners of the 2014 Best of the Web (BOW) and Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA).

In its 19th year, the annual BOW awards, the original and most popular state and local government website competition, recognize and honors outstanding government portals and websites based on their innovation, functionality, productivity and performance. This year's first-place BOW winners are the District of Columbia, taking first place for the third time since 2003; Oakland County, Mich., a first-place winner also in 2008; and the State of Hawaii, a first-time first-place winner in the state category.

The Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA) highlight outstanding agency and department websites and applications. Awards were presented in eight categories this year.

"Across the board, this year's Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Award winners and finalists have demonstrated how effective their portals and applications are," said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "Elements such as upgraded eCommerce capability, mobile first design, intuitive search, improved transparency and integration of social media provide citizens and businesses easier and better access to their government. Congratulations to the awardees for their impressive work to make government more open, responsive and mobile-friendly."

2014 BEST OF THE WEB AWARDS

State Portal Category:

1st Place: State of Hawaii    

2nd Place: State of Utah              

3rd Place: State of Arkansas

4th Place: State of Texas 

5th Place: State of Maryland

Finalists:

State of Indiana

State of Kansas

State of Missouri

State of Nebraska

State of Oregon

County Portal Category:

1st Place: Oakland County, Mich.        

2nd Place: Sacramento County, Calif.          

3rd Place: King County, Wash.      

4th Place: Wake County, N.C.   

5th Place: Grand County, Colo.

Finalists:

Baltimore County, Md.

Chesterfield County, Va.

Miami-Dade County, Fla.

Pinellas County, Fla.

Salt Lake County, Utah

County of San Diego, Calif.

County of San Mateo, Calif.

City Portal Category:

1st Place: District of Columbia         

2nd Place: City of Los Angeles, Calif.

3rd Place: City of Boulder, Colo.

4th Place: City of Santa Barbara, Calif.

5th Place: City of Riverside, Calif.

Finalists:

City and County of Denver, Colo.

City of Fort Collins, Colo.

City of Palo Alto, Calif.

City of Raleigh, N.C.

City of Sacramento, Calif.

For the story on the winners, click here.

To see the past decade of BOW 1st place portals, click here.

2014 DIGITAL GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Driving Digital Government Local government category

Winners:

Alameda County, Calif. - Election Mobile Apps Suite

Aurora, Ill.'s BRITE (Broadcast Real-time Inspection Transparency Emails) Inspections Communications 

Dallas County Sheriff's In-Car Video and Mobile Computer Upgrade Project

NYC ePCR (Electronic Patient Care Reporting) Wireless Tablet Project, Fire Department/

Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications/ Health and Hospitals Corporation

Wake County, N.C. - Partnership Expands Transparency of Restaurants Inspection Scores

Driving Digital Government State government category

Winners:

Access Health CT - Connecticut's Online Insurance Marketplace

California Department of Public Health - Health Information Exchange (HIE) Gateway

California Department of Veterans Affairs – MyCalVet: Serving Those Who Served

Driving Digital Government Federal government category

Winner:

United States Department of Labor - Benefits.gov

Government-to-business category

Winners:

Arkansas Secretary of State - Corporation Filings Automation

Franklin County, Ohio Clerk of Courts - eFiling Virtual Resource Center

Hennepin County, Minn. - Natural Resources Interactive Map

New York City Department of Transportation - NYCStreets Permit Management System

Palm Beach County, Fla. - PBC Interactive

Government-to-citizen Local government category

Winners:

CapMetro Mobile Ticketing App

Tarrant County, Texas Public Health - West Nile Virus

Pinal County, Ariz. Clerk of the Superior Court Website

Sacramento County, Calif. - SacCounty 311 Connect

Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services Mobile Application

San Diego County Library – Increased Services with Self-Service Technologies, Apps and Kiosks 

Government-to-citizen State government category

Winners:

kynect - Kentucky's Healthcare Connection

My Maine Connection

Mississippi Works - Web and Mobile Workforce System

New Mexico - Unemployment Insurance Tax and Claims System

South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs - Online Consumer Complaint Filing System

West Virginia - Online Vehicle Registration Renewal

Government-to-government category

Winners:

Clark County, Nev. - SCOPE II

State of Florida - MyFloridaMarketPlace Utilization Initiative

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board Docket Search and Investigative Reporting

Government internal category

Winners:

Austin, Texas Fire Department - Business Improvement with Data Discovery

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - SOMS (Strategic Offender Management System)

Martin County, Fla. - Mobile Disaster Damage Assessment

Overland Park, Kan. - Mobile Restaurant Inspections Platform

About the Center for Digital Government  | www.centerdigitalgov.com

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

For questions, please contact Janet Grenslitt, Surveys and Awards Director, at jgrenslitt@centerdigitalgov.com.