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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: wins Best of Web

9/5/2006  11:43:00 AM
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City’s web site tops the list of municipal governments

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels announced today that the City of Seattle’s web site,, has been named the best city web portal in the country by the Center for Digital Government. This is an unprecedented second first-place win for Seattle, which also won top honors in 2000.

"Making city government and services more accessible to the public has been one of my priorities," said Nickels. "This prestigious award recognizes that we are using technology to keep government open 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Nickels recognized the web teams from departments throughout the city for the online innovation and design that led to this national award. Among the recent additions to Seattle’s web site are My Neighborhood, which allows users to locate city services and facilities in their neighborhood; Seattle OnHold, which supports an innovative program that brings the music of Seattle artists to the city’s telephone system; and the Language Portal, which inventories city services in 26 languages.

Best of Web is an annual awards program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals. This national awards program judges state, city and county web sites on their innovation, web-delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved citizen access. Rounding out the top five city web sites are Tampa FL, Louisville KY, Las Vegas NV, Corpus Christie TX, and Portland OR.

"Our 2006 awards showcase the best state and local government web sites and on-line applications in the nation. These winners set the mark for delivering innovative, efficient and effective government services to all of their many constituencies," states Center Executive Vice President, Cathilea Robinett. "Congratulations to all winners in each category."

Visit the Center for Digital Government website to find out more about the awards.

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