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SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert offered his congratulations to the Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS) and Utah Interactive for the 16 national and international awards the official state website, Utah.Gov, has received this year.
 
"Utah.Gov is repeatedly recognized as the leading state e-government solution in the nation, including its unprecedented haul of 16 awards in 2011," said Governor Herbert.  "Utah.Gov is known not only for its aesthetics, but for its functionality, providing Utahns easy access to nearly 1,000 state services.  I appreciate the efforts of DTS and Utah Interactive in making state government more efficient and more responsive to citizen needs, and I congratulate them for their well-deserved recognition."
 
Awards received by Utah.Gov in 2011 include the Best in Class Interactive Media Award from the Interactive Media Council.  Other Best in Class winners included major multinational companies like Kodak, Microsoft, and Samsung, as well as the official website of the nation of Australia.  Utah.Gov also won the 2011 W3 Gold Award which honors creative excellence on the web and is judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts.  In total, Utah.Gov has won 85 national and international awards and accolades.
 
Utah.Gov was completely redesigned this year to further streamline access to online services, simplify navigation, and enhance the user experience.  Since the redesign, Utah.Gov has seen an eight percent increase in site visits.  With 1.3 million unique visitors per month, Utah.Gov has more visitors per capita than any other state website.

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