SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Digital Government (CDG) today announced the winners of the 2nd annual Government Experience Awards.

The awards recognize the achievements and best practices of states, cities and counties that have gone to the web and beyond to radically improve the experience of government and push the boundaries of how citizen services are delivered. Top government jurisdictions, agencies and departments will be honored at an awards event Sept. 28 in Austin, Texas.

“State and local governments are responding to citizen wants and needs with increasingly sophisticated online experiences,” said Dustin Haisler, chief innovation officer for the Center for Digital Government. “This year’s Government Experience Awards winners have well-designed websites and innovative channels that provide citizens meaningful information and services, robust data integration and an exceptional user experience.”

The 2018 Government Experience winners include:

Overall State Government Experience Winners:1st Place – State of Utah2nd Place – State of Maryland3rd Place – State of Indiana4th Place – State of Mississippi5th Place – State of Arkansas5th Place – State of Michigan

FinalistsState of AlabamaState of GeorgiaState of MaineState of Nebraska

Overall County Government Experience Winners:1st Place – Oakland County, MI2nd Place – King County, WA3rd Place – County of San Diego, CA4th Place – Larimer County, CO5th Place – Miami-Dade County, FL

FinalistsDeKalb County, GAFairfax County, VAJefferson County, COPierce County, WASan Luis Obispo County, CA

Overall City Government Experience Winners:1st Place – City of Louisville, KY2nd Place – City of Los Angeles, CA3rd Place – City of Tuscaloosa, AL4th Place – City of Baton Rouge, LA4th Place – City of San Diego, CA5th Place – City and County of Denver, CO

FinalistsCity of Albuquerque, NMVillage of Bayside, WIConsolidated City and County of Indianapolis & Marion County, INCity of Tyler, TX

Government Experience Innovation Award Winners: Albuquerque 311 Service Requests for Amazon Alexa Miami-Dade County Smart City Operation Center – Public-Private Partnerships Maryland Enterprise Widget Framework (EWF) Utah AI Feedback Analysis

In addition to the Overall and Innovation awards, Project award nominations have a single focus area and can include more than one channel of interaction (for example mobile and web). Twenty-seven Government Experience Project Awards were presented in six categories this year.

View the complete list of Government Experience awardees here.

For 20 years, CDG’s Best of the Web Awards recognized and benchmarked state and local government progress online. Additionally, the Digital Government Achievement Awards recognized agency and department websites and apps. Both contests have now been replaced with the Government Experience Awards.

The Center thanks Accela, Amazon Web Services, DellEMC, Deloitte, IBM, Laserfiche, McAfee, NEC, NIC, Nutanix, Pure Storage, SHI, Spectrum Enterprise, Tanium, Tyler Technologies, Verint, and Verizon, underwriters of the 201 8 contest and awards program.

About the Center for Digital Government | www.centerdigitalgov.com The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy 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. www.erepublic.com

Contact: Janet Grenslitt Director of Surveys and Awardse.Republic | Center for Digital Government jgrenslitt@centerdigitalgov.com 916‐932‐1363