Best of the Web Award
KENT, WASHTENAW COUNTIES AMONG NATION'S BEST IN E-GOV -- Two Michigan counties have been singled out for using technology to improve services for businesses and citizens. From a field of 150 entrants across the nation, Kent County and Washtenaw County were ranked among the top ten counties for E-Government services in their respective population categories in the 2003 Digital Counties Survey. Kent and Washtenaw Counties were the only governments in Michigan to be recognized by the survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government, the National Association of Counties, and Government Technology magazine. Kent County tied for seventh place among counties with a population of 500,000 or greater, while Washtenaw County was ranked 10th among counties with 250,000 to 499,999 residents. Kent County's site, www.accesskent.com, was launched in April 2001 and features several online transaction services, including accident report and certified vital record requests, property and parcel lookups, and deeds searches. Launched in April 2002, Washtenaw County's Web site, www.ewashtenaw.org, provides online certified vital record requests, construction permitting, traffic ticket payments, and several other e-government services. The sites were built and are managed by Michigan Local Interactive, a Grand Rapids-based subsidiary of E-Government firm NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV).