Michigan.gov among Best Government Web Sites

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

September 6, 2001

Governor John Engler today announced that Michigan.gov – the state's new customer-focused web site has been selected as one of the 10 best sites in the U.S. for providing citizens and businesses with online government services and information.

Michigan earned its high ranking in a nationwide competition that drew a record 400 state and local government web site entries. The contest, Best of the Web 2001, was conducted by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology magazine.

"Michigan.gov should be Michigan.one because our portal is the one of the best on the web," said Governor Engler. "No other state can match the functionality, convenience and ease of use that Michigan.gov provides to our customers."

In the Best of the Web 2001 competition, state and local government web sites were judged on the following criteria:

  • innovation and use of Web-based online technology to deliver government services;
  • efficiency or time saved;
  • economy or money saved; and
  • functionality (ease of use) and improved citizen access.

"Many consider Michigan.gov to be revolutionary not just because ours is the first state portal to offer personalization, provide a search engine, organize content by category or implement web platforms and content management tools that are among the best," said Governor Engler. "They consider it revolutionary because it is the first state portal to do all of these things at once and be put in place in 90 days."

Michigan.gov now provides easy-to-use, personalized access to government information and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to more than 70 online interactive services. Over the next year, more than 40 new services will be added, including a common payment module, electronic forms and a Michigan government "shopping mall."

Since the launch of Michigan.gov, the portal has been averaging 10,000 visits a day. This is more than double the average of 4,000 visits per day logged by the previous state web site. Visitors have also been looking up four times the amount of information with each visit, with the site averaging 35,000 page views per day, compared to 9,000 page views per day previously.

More information is available on the Internet at http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/.