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TN.gov Named ‘Best State Website’ in Nation

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; September 5, 2013:

State builds on trend of delivering award-winning digital services to citizens

NASHVILLE – The State of Tennessee’s official website, TN.gov, has been named the best state website in the country in the annual “Best of the Web” competition sponsored by the Center for Digital Government.

“With more Tennesseans going online to do business with the state, we understand that there is growing demand for mobile access to state services,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. “As we continue to look for ways to make state government more customer-focused, efficient and effective, we are grateful for this recognition that supports those efforts online.”

Recently redesigned, TN.gov was optimized for a range of screen sizes – from monitors to tablets to phones – to provide easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling. Support for retina displays, swipe gestures on rotators and collapsing menus are just a few of the ways the site has been enhanced to improve the user experience and better interact with visitors.

Since 2011, the State of Tennessee has been increasingly recognized as a leader in using technology to better serve Tennesseans and streamline operations. In addition to the state’s 2013 Best of the Web win, the Tennessee Department of Transportation was awarded a Digital Government Achievement Award for its innovative SmartWay Mobile application available on iOS and Android devices.

Less than a year ago, the state was awarded an “A-” in the biennial Digital States Survey and recognized with another Digital Government Achievement Award for the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security’s iPad kiosk app for driver license renewals.

The TN.gov redesign was completed through a unique partnership with Nashville-based NICUSA Tennessee, part of the eGovernment firm NIC’s family of companies.

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Guv’s Highway Safety Office Launches New Website

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; October 1, 2012: 

NASHVILLE, TN– The Governor’s Highway Safety Office in partnership with the Tennessee Tech University College of Business, Business Media Center launched its new website today. The greatly enhanced website will be the communication hub for news and information relating to Tennessee highway safety.

“Our website will be the identity of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office,” Kendell Poole, Director said. “The site will be easily accessible to our law enforcement safety partners and the public, and offer an abundance of information and statistics on highway safety.”

The new website will increase awareness of the traffic safety initiatives and innovative programs that GHSO is providing across the state. It is also designed to engage the public on highway safety issues that affect every Tennessean.

Dr. Kevin Liska, Director of the Business Media Center at TTU, and his innovative team have been working on the creation of the website for several months. “We are excited about implementing systems that reach the thousands of Tennessee public safety stakeholders committed to the GHSO vision of helping all arrive safely at their destination, making Tennessee highways safer every day,” Liska said.

The website will be the catalyst for law enforcement training offered through GHSO. It will provide the interface for law enforcement agencies to report data on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaigns they are conducting in their communities. The website will serve as a resource for any individual to find a traffic safety expert in their area.

The website will also display GHSO grantees and the work they are doing across the state to implement positive change in their communities.

“We will continue to do our part to keep the people of this great state safe when traveling on our highways,” Poole said. “Our goal is to make sure you and your loved ones arrive safely at your destinations. We will make every effort to ensure driver safety.”

Please visit the new website at www.tntrafficsafety.org for your traffic safety needs.

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TN Charter Schools Association Launches New Website

Press release from the Tennessee Charter Schools Association; September 13, 2012: 

Today, the Tennessee Charter Schools Association is excited to launch our NEW WEBSITE with resources including a map with information on all of the state’s charter schools, a new weekly blog, research, charter school FAQs, and TCSA’s role in promoting a quality charter school movement.

This has been a summer of change for TCSA. We have undergone months of strategic planning, hired new staff, and launched new programs. Our new website is just one of the many new resources TCSA is deploying to meet our revitalized mission:

The Tennessee Charter Schools Association (TCSA) serves quality public charter schools by educating communities, empowering supporters, and promoting legislation to create an educational landscape of excellent options for all students.

Most importantly, to be truly effective in advocating for quality options across the state, we have expanded our grassroots efforts by establishing the TCSA Voice. The Voice is a network of parents, teachers, and community members who speak up for charter schools and engage in activities such as testifying at the State Capitol, calling school board members, and writing letters to the editor.

Visit the new website now, sign up for the Voice, and join a chorus of Tennessee citizen-advocates for high quality public schools.

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State Revamps TN.gov Website

State of Tennessee Press Release; July 15, 2010:

NASHVILLE – The state of Tennessee recently completed the successful launch of a new design for TN.gov that makes it easier to find government information and services. The interactive website delivers custom content based on a user’s interest, click behavior and geographic location, and the engaging new design decreases the amount of time visitors spend locating information about programs and services.

The TN.gov home page features quick and easy access to the most popular features and topics as determined by data gathered from past users. The site also features an enhanced search function that offers suggestions and potential matches as a visitor types into the search box. Clicking on topics provides visitors with suggestions on related topics to make finding information easier and more intuitive.

TN.gov uses GeoIP technology to identify a visitor’s location so city, presenting city and county government information and up-to-date local news and interactive mapping to help visitors find points of interest like schools, libraries, and state parks and historic sites. Prominently displayed links to social media, RSS, and other rich media and a new mobile-optimized site make it easy for visitors to connect with state government using the latest technologies.

A new public participation feature will help increase government transparency by creating a single location for public participation opportunities that is featured on the home page. This new service makes it easy for visitors to quickly find information about upcoming meetings and download it to their personal calendar.

TN.gov supports an average of 1.6 million unique users per month and offers hundreds of user-friendly digital government services that help constituents interact more effectively with the state, including driver license renewal, background checks, professional license renewal and tax filing services. Earlier this year, TN.gov processed the state’s one millionth online driver license renewal.

The redesign of the TN.gov website was completed with no taxpayer or appropriated funds through a unique self-funded, public-private partnership with Nashville-based NIC Tennessee Inc.

About TN.gov

TN.gov is the states official website and a collaborative effort between the state of Tennessee and Nashville-based NICUSA Tennessee, part of the eGovernment firm NIC’s family of companies.

About NIC

NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. The NIC family of companies currently provides eGovernment solutions to more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies that serve 98 million people. Additional information is available at http://www.nicusa.com.