A quick glance at the state of Texas home page
And they've been at it longer than other states. Texas was the first state with an official home page, established in May 1993, said Wayne McDilda, Webmaster for the state home page.
How have citizens responded? The average monthly hit rate has gone from 145,000 (10 months ago) to nearly 400,000. Since many of those hits could have otherwise resulted in phone calls or letters requesting information, the Web is probably saving Texas money by answering the mail before it's sent.
As the popularity of Internet service delivery continues to grow, Texas looks toward increased use of this medium. According to Carolyn Purcell, executive director of the Department of Information Resources, standards are the key to expansion. "Some of the lessons we've learned from the implementation of our Web sites are the value of standards, reducing the development of redundant data and the value of collaboration," she said. "One of the major policy issues we face is establishing and promoting standards to enable electronic commerce. I believe it won't be long before commerce over the Net will be a daily occurrence."
The most popular areas of the state home page are legislative information (when the legislature is in session), the brand new travel and tourism site and a site for businesses hosted by the Department of Commerce called TEXAS-ONE. The travel section is posted by the departments of Commerce and Transportation
The Department of Commerce publishes the TEXAS-ONE information resources for business
According to David Riggins, director of the TEXAS-ONE project, the HUB directory is one of the more popular sections. "Purchasers love it," he said. "We download a script from the General Services Commission every night, so it's up to date. The list includes information about over 14,000 companies."
Buyer and seller marketing services include a business listing service with space available for companies to post information about their business in a yellow pages format with up to 1,000 words of description. Since a new registration area was set up on the Web site in October, 200 to 300 companies have registered each week.
The Department of Commerce is also using their Web site to promote economic development