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Posted: 2/8/2017 Earns Gold AVA Digital Award


ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland’s award-winning website,, recently earned a Gold AVA Digital Media Award in the Government Website category. This honor recognizes that has contributed to the evolution of digital media and incorporated interactivity in the website design to better serve the citizens in the state of Maryland.

AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design, and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication. This year there were 2,500 entries throughout the United States, Canada, and 16 other countries. The awards are administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), an international organization that consists of thousands of production, marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, and free-lance professionals.

"The state of Maryland is proud to be able to effectively and efficiently develop powerful and service driven websites for our citizens," said Luis Estrada, Deputy Secretary Department Information Technology. provides a gateway for more than 87 million visitors to agency websites and hundreds of time-saving digital government services. Agencies and visitors have access to payment processing gateways, a real-time social media mashup for more than 300 agencies, help desk with live chat, interactive events and public meetings calendar, and citizen-centric Google site search with custom filters based on content type – pages, services, social media, publications, and maps. The responsive design allows for a lean mobile experience, with seamless expandable content for more than 42 million mobile visitors.

The site also utilizes the new, state-of-the-art Enterprise Widget Platform. This platform provides state agencies with centralized and standardized code, and allows for rapid development and deployment of a variety of widgets. These widgets include NearYou, Online Services, Google Site Search and Header, which are available across state agencies expanding the state’s open data platform.

In addition, includes:

  • Digital Services Platform
    Hosting platform for digital services that include: payment processing, security, event registration, agency website templates, search, and help desk.
  • Service-first Approach
    Developed 25 new digital government services in 2015, using 100 percent mobile friendly templates.
  • MyMARYLAND Clipboard Personalization
    First state to introduce citizen-centric user personalization, allowing visitors to save links for future use.

The website was developed for the state of Maryland at no cost by NIC Maryland, through the self-funded digital government 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,  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 helps Maryland state and local government entities web-enable their services and operates without tax funds through a self-funded digital government services contract.  NIC Maryland has developed dozens of eGov products and services for the state of Maryland since the contract was awarded in August 2011.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC Inc. (NASDQ: EGOV) is celebrating 25 years as the nation’s premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 12,000 digital government services for more than 4,500 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking digital government personal assistant, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single access point for government interactions. More information is available at