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State business portal ranks 2nd in Best of Web contest

The state's official business portal, business.Utah.gov, has earned a second-place ranking among government-to-business online services in the 2004 Best of the Web competition and Digital Government Achievement Awards.

The competition, conducted by the Center for Digital Government, evaluates government Web sites based on their innovation, Web-based delivery of public services, efficiency, economy and functionality.

"We were very impressed with all the features on business.Utah.gov, Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government, said in a prepared statement. "In judging this competition, we looked at the amount of work put into building the government Web sites, the innovation of the sites and the return on investment. Business.Utah.gov had the winning combination."

Features at business.Utah.gov include a unique business search, news content and OneStop Business Registration, an online business registration system that incorporates federal, state and local processes into a streamlined process.

Representatives from the Center for Digital Government, Government Technology magazine and officials from the 2003 Best of the Web-winning state and local governments in Utah, Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County, Md., served as judges for the 2004 Best of the Web competition and Digital Government Achievement Awards.

Utah's business portal is a collaborative effort between the state of Utah and Utah Interactive LLC, the latter being a Salt Lake-based wholly owned subsidiary of NIC.