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Maryland Digital Government Services Recognized for Excellence

Posted: 6/1/2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – June 01, 2016 – Maryland’s official website, www.maryland.gov, was recently honored with a Silver Award of Distinction for Creative Excellence in Communications by the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards. In addition, one of the most popular digital government services, the AccessDNR Apple Watch app, won “Innovation of the Year” from the StateScoop 50 Awards. These significant achievements reinforce the pursuit of excellence and commitment to create innovative and useful access points to state government services for all Marylanders.

“We are proud to work with our government partners to develop innovative digital government services that deliver efficiencies to the citizens and businesses they serve.” said Janet Grard, NIC Maryland General Manager.

Over the past two years, the Maryland.gov website has been awarded 22 national and international awards for its creativity and innovation in web design, usability, and mobile development for a government website. The state’s award-winning website, www.maryland.gov, serves as the gateway for a record-breaking 84 million online visitors each year, including 32 percent visiting from a mobile device. 

With a strong focus on serving the community, Maryland was the first state to introduce citizen-centric user personalization with the MyMaryland clipboard allowing visitors to clip and save links for future use. In addition, citizens can search public meetings and events and access more than 250 time-saving digital services including vehicle and boating registration, hunting and fishing licenses, business registration, children’s services, and more.

Marylanders can use the AccessDNR mobile app to locate state parks, available amenities, hunting locations, and more. When paired with the Apple Watch, the mobile app helps users easily discover water trails and boat launches directly on their wrist. The AccessDNR mobile app and Apple Watch app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or through Google Play App Store for Android users.

These digital government services were developed at no charge for the state of Maryland by NIC Maryland, through the self-funded eGovernment services contract with the State Department of Information Technology (DoIT). 

About NIC Maryland

NIC Maryland builds, operates, maintains, and markets the official website of the state of Maryland, www.maryland.gov and its digital government services. NIC Maryland is a collaborative public/private partnership managed by the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and NIC Maryland. NIC Maryland develops innovative digital government services for Maryland state and local government entities and operates without tax funds through a self-funded eGovernment services contract. 

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides digital government solutions for more than 4,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” six times, and the Company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at https://www.egov.com.

About Awards

The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations, and identity work for print, video, interactive, and audio. This year’s Communicator Awards received thousands of entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. Please visit www.communicatorawards.com for more information.

The StateScoop 50 Awards honors innovators, innovative initiatives, and up-and-coming leaders in state and local government.  This year’s recipients were selected by members of the state and local government IT community in a nationwide voting process. More than 80,000 votes were cast on StateScoop, narrowing down hundreds of readers’ nominations in six categories, to select this year’s StateScoop 50 winners. For more information on StateScoop 50 visit http://statescoop.com/statescoop-announces-2016-winners-of-statescoop-50-leadership-program-awards .