Less than a year after revamping Michigan.gov, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and state CIO Ken Theis announced on Thursday, March 4, another redesign of the state Web portal, along with a raft of new features.

According to the Michigan Department of Information Technology, Michigan.gov averaged nearly 50 million page views a month in 2009, providing more than 320 online services and 240,000 files.

"Visitors to the site can [now] access five times the amount of information without leaving the home page," said Theis in a statement. "It's a more useful and pleasing site and it positions Michigan with one of the best government Web sites in the country."

According to the department, new features and functionality on the site include:

  • an improved search function;
  • a "carousel widget" with graphics for the information and services that are most requested;
  • a new Web 2.0 navigation category that brings together Michigan's social network offerings from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube;
  • geo-location services providing maps to help citizens locate human services providers within prescribed distances of their residence; and
  • enhanced self-service, including all assistance services, which includes online applications for benefits.

Michigan.gov was last redesigned in June 2009, after which Theis immediately began the next Web development cycle.