January 1

Vermont recognized for Websites and Web portals for second year in row

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas celebrated the State’s ranking as one of the ten best government portals and websites in the nation by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. This is the second year in a row that the Vermont Information Consortium (VIC), the State’s web portal vendor, has received this recognition. The Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA) go to outstanding websites and web portals at the state, county and city levels.‘In the coming years, it is important that we continue improving how state government interacts with Vermonters and visitors over the web. Through Challenges for Change and other efforts across state government we are looking to increase web utilization to both save taxpayer money and deliver services more effectively.’‘It is great news that the State’s e-resources are being recognized as among the best in the nation,’ Governor Douglas said. ‘In the coming years, it is important that we continue improving how state government interacts with Vermonters and visitors over the web. Through Challenges for Change and other efforts across state government we are looking to increase web utilization to both save taxpayer money and deliver services more effectively.’e.Republic judged websites and web portals from across the country on their functionality, efficiency and innovation. VIC ranked as a finalist in the 2010 Best of the Web State Portal Category. According to Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government, ‘The winners’ innovative use of the Internet to continue delivering citizen services despite tight fiscal constraints is inspiring. This skilled use of the Web embodies the spirit of the Best of the Web awards and provides examples to state and local government leaders around the country on how to bring quality services to their citizens while containing costs. We applaud all of you for your creativity and your dedication.’David Tucker, the Commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation and the Chief Information Officer for the State, said: ‘Winning recognition once is notable, but winning two years in a row is remarkable. With the number of exciting initiatives currently underway, we hope to see VIC continue to be recognized for their outstanding work on behalf of the State of Vermont.’According to its website, the Center for Digital Government (www.centerdigitalgov.com(link is external)) is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, Inc., (www.erepublic.com(link is external)) the nation’s leading publishing, research, event, and new media company focused on information technology for the state/local government and education sectors.For more information about the awards visit www.centerdigitalgov.com(link is external)About Vermont.govVermont.gov (http://www.Vermont.gov(link is external)) is the official Web portal of the State of Vermont. Vermont.gov is managed through a public-private partnership between the State of Vermont and Vermont Information Consortium, the Montpelier-based official eGovernment partner for the State of Vermont. The company builds and manages interactive government services on behalf of the state and is a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).About NICNIC manages more eGovernment services than any provider in the world. The company helps government communicate more effectively with citizens and businesses by putting essential services online. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for 3,000 state and local agencies that serve more than 97 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at www.nicusa.com(link is external). Source: MONTPELIER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-9.15.2010last_img read more

January 15

Two Water Cage Pushers

first_imgI was descending the Capitol Hill todayMany cars were passing up and downEach about his or her Tuesday businessLike a freshly opened yellow rose petalNature dictates my glow like the wild fieldsSuddenly they manually dragged and pushedA metal wrought cage with dirty water jerry cansMaybe a dozen plus five gallons of life’s juiciestTwo Water Cage Pushers…….The guys not properly men were scantily dressedIn dropping jeans as expected with bare loud chestsOne in the back the other up before the metals dangerTry to transport gallons of utility water for daily useWith all the strength in their frail frames they tuggedThere not so far from my labored breathing nostrilFiltered by the motion of scented clean circular airOn the brakes impress to give them a day of successTwo Water Cage Pushers…….Slow as if stuck to the ground they ruggedly crawl byThreat to spill over if their caps were not tightly onStruggling no to be sold to the end users who waitedJust for the filthily gallons to reach near their doorsNo thought of what germs it held the users rushed on byRelief that water was home to make some sweet foodAfter the whole day of washing linen in the houseTwo Water Cage Pushers…….Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more