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City of Tampa Named Best Web Site in the U.S.
 
Tampa, FL October 2, 2002 - The TampaGov selected as the #1 web site in 2002 Best of the WebCity of Tampa was selected as the top local government web site in the 2002 Best of the Web Contest sponsored by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology magazine. Hailed as the nation's most prestigious and popular government competition, the Best of the Web awards the best state and local government web sites based on innovation, efficiency, economy and functionality.

Web sites are moving into a new era of e-government services according to officials who judged over 350 entries received in this year’s Best of the Web Awards. From online services that offer greater convenience for citizens to internal efficiencies created by sharing technologies among government agencies, the 2002 Best of the Web winners demonstrate the power of the government portal. Government web sites were judged by representatives from the Center for Digital Government, Government Technology magazine, Public Technology Inc. (PTI), State Technologies Inc., and the 2001 Best of the Web Contest winners from California and New York City.

Cathilea Robinett, executive director for the Center for Digital Government, has judged the sites for seven years running and indicated that this year selecting a winner proved far more difficult than previous years. “Government portals are truly becoming the citizen gateway to services as sites become more robust and easier to navigate. This year's competition was extremely tough" Robinett said, “Tampa should be extremely proud of their accomplishment.”

The Best of the Web recognition is an impressive accomplishment given the speed at which the Tampa web site expanded and improved its services. From a concept in January 2000, with Mayor Dick A. Greco’s support to launch Tampa into the new world of eCommerce for government, to September 2002’s designation as the best in the country; Tampa is now recognized as a government leader in integrating the use of web technology. When advised of the award, Mayor Greco stated “We are honored to receive such a prestigious award from the Center for Digital Government, particularly in light of the growing number of outstanding egovernment sites throughout the country. In 2000, TampaGov was just a dream. Our goal was to improve service, efficiencies and access for our citizens. Today, we are delighted to be able to offer our children, seniors, visitors, neighborhoods and businesses a richly diverse portal tailored to serve each of their needs. We look forward to the site’s continued expansion and the increased benefits TampaGov provides.”

TampaGov.net, the official web site for the City of Tampa, Florida, is rich in interactive, easy-to-navigate services including "Find it Fast!" and "How do I...?" which greatly assist visitors in locating what they want quickly and easily. Extensive links to information and services are conveniently grouped by areas of interest and incorporate all levels of government - the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, State of Florida and the federal government.

TampaGov.net enables online payment of utility bills, parking tickets, monthly parking permits, construction permits, police reports, off-duty police services, business taxes, and the purchase of products from the Tampa Museum of Art online store. Numerous interactive applications are also available including applying for employment, watching the web cast of City of Tampa Television, submitting anonymous tips for police and fire, viewing police and fire rescue calls for service, and researching cemetery records.

TampaGov.net contains innovative features such as MyTampaGov, to assist citizens in service requests and business transactions with City offices. TampaGov is managed and monitored to assess ways of making the portal a service delivery facility under continual improvement. For individuals who have not yet experienced the web site, we encourage you to visit www.TampaGov.net.

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