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Nov. 13, 2013 - City of Boulder Wins Both of the NAGW’s Top Honors for Web Redesign and Earns Spot in Top 10 List for Effective Digital Governance

Media Contacts:
Don Ingle, Information Technology, 303-441-4183
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

City of Boulder wins both of the NAGW’s top honors for web redesign and earns spot in top 10 list for effective digital governance

The City of Boulder has been recognized for its web redesign and its commitment to using technology to promote transparency, collaboration and effective governance.

The first honor came in the form of two awards at the end of September from the National Association of Government Web Professionals, which awarded the redesigned Boulder website both its Pinnacle Award and Member Choice Award for mid-sized cities. The site, which went live in July, includes a new layout and design as well as several features aimed at making it easier for users to access government services and information.

This month, the city learned it ranked in the top 10 for similarly populated cities in the 2013 Digital Cities Survey, sponsored by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program. Boulder came in 8th, tying with our neighbor community, Arvada, a key partner in Boulder’s website initiative.

Rather than purchasing a new system from an outside vendor, Boulder entered into a unique partnership with the City of Arvada to share and mutually enhance the customized content management system that Arvada had developed. As a result, the city acquired the system at no cost.  As part of the partnership, both cities have agreed to share enhancements to the system as they develop new features that meet their needs.

Criteria for the 2013 Digital Cities Survey focused on results achieved by cities—via the use of technology — in operating efficiencies, realizing strategic objectives, innovative or creative solutions or approaches, effective collaboration and transparency measures, among others.

“These honors reflect the City of Boulder’s ongoing commitment to leveraging technology to better engage our community in local decision-making, access government services and remain informed,” said Information Technology Director Don Ingle. “I am proud and appreciative of our staff and organization for both the website redesign and the exemplary daily work that goes into keeping our information platforms effective and operational.”

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