California Wins Third in "Best of the Web" Competition out of 50 States

State Technology Update - August 19, 2008

The Center for Digital Government announced today that the State of California won third place in the national "Best of the Web" competition. The competition, which recognizes significant achievement in the overall web presence of state and local governments, is judged based on the following categories: innovation, functionality and economy and efficiency.

“Modernizing California’s online presence is critical as we transform the way people connect with government,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “This important recognition shows that we are leading the way in providing access to government information and services in convenient new ways—saving Californians from extra travel costs and helping the environment.”

"I would like to congratulate California’s creative and hardworking webmasters, e-Services team and other IT professionals throughout state government who have tirelessly contributed to California's award-winning web presence," said Teri Takai, the State Chief Information Officer. "This is terrific news for California, but more importantly, this award recognizes our progress in transforming the way we deliver state services to Californians - the central focus of Governor Schwarzenegger's agenda to rebuild California's technology infrastructure."

"California is ground zero for technology and innovation," said Rosario Marin, Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency. "It's that spirit and supportive leadership that moves our technology teams to think creatively and present information in user friendly and visually inspired formats. I applaud each team member that worked on our amazing Web sites."

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. For more than a decade, the Center has used the annual Best of the Web competition to recognize and celebrate state web portals that provide innovative solutions by communicating well with constituents and businesses.

The State's Web portal ( is visited by nearly one million people each month. California's award submission highlighted more than 400 online services and advanced features, including:

The award will be presented on September 12th, 2008 in Hollywood, California. This is the first year since 2001 that California has been recognized in this prestigious competition.

Media Contact: Bill Maile (916) 549-2845


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