The City of Santa Monica Web site www.smgov.net/ has been named a finalist by the Center for Digital Government in its annual Best of the Web competition.

The recognition places the city Web site among the top ten on-line city portals in the country, city officials said.

Having an on-line presence since February 1989, the City of Santa Monica has long been recognized as being among the leaders in electronic delivery of government information and services, city officials said.

The city’s “extensive” Web site goes far beyond the traditional array of information and services for residents, businesses, and visitors that is common to most of the better local government Web sites, according to the Center for Digital Government.

The city’s Web site is designed to be an overarching portal connecting users to information and services that best suit their needs, anywhere in the city, city officials said.

“The Internet has revolutionized our ability to provide information and services to the community,” said Jory Wolf, City of Santa Monica chief information officer. “As it evolves, the city will continue to be a leader in using it to enhance the quality of life in Santa Monica.”

Web sites considered for the award were judged on innovation, functionality, efficiency, economy and usage. Some of the on-line offerings that helped Santa Monica prevail are a real-time parking availability application, the sustainable city report card, an on-line boards and commissions application management tool, the green building program design advisor and an advanced Geographic Information System, according to the Center for Digital Government.

Best of the Web recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals.

“Each year, state and local governments continue to make strides toward implementing better access and more efficient web-delivery of public services,” Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of the Center for Digital Government said. “This year’s winners represent the very best in each category.”

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