Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County's web site has been named one of the best government web sites in the nation for the fifth consecutive year. Oakgov.com garnered second place among more than 3,000 counties in the Center for Digital Government's 2011 Best of the Web competition.
"This award is a recognition that our inculcation of technology in county government to deliver great customer service is paying off," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "A job well done by Oakland County's IT team which is committed to hard work and excellence in serving the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors."
The annual Best of the Web ranking honors outstanding government web sites that have taken the power of the web to the next level. Oakland was recognized for innovative use of technology in delivering high quality services despite tight fiscal constraints. Oakland's newest offerings make the county web site more accessible and easier to use. Highlights include:
- Mobile Touch, an alternative version of Oakland's web site designed for touch-screen navigation and browsing (http://www.oakgov.com/mobile/)
- Oakland County Dashboard (http://www.oakgov.com/dashboard/), a public financial transparency and accountability portal that enables residents to monitor the progress of their county government in areas such as its three-year budget, support of small businesses, and community and home improvement
- Online text-to-speech technology that allows web site visitors to hear page content read aloud on demand
- Numerous online services, all with secure eCommerce transactions compliant with Payment Card Industry standards
- Customizable email subscriptions, alerts and RSS feeds
- Hundreds of videos and podcasts
- Thousands of downloadable speeches, presentations, documents, reports, forms and applications
- More than 23,000 pages of information on government programs and services
- Advanced site search and indexing
"Smart technology makes it easy for people to go online instead of standing in line to get what they need from county government," said Phil Bertolini, Oakland County CIO and deputy county executive. "Any time we can use technology to streamline government operations to save time and money, that's a win for everyone."
Oakland County was recently ranked one of the most digitally advanced counties in the nation in the Center for Digital Government's 2011 Digital Counties Survey. Learn more about Oakland County's online services and eGovernment programs at www.oakgov.com
For media inquiries, please contact Phil Bertolini, deputy county executive/CIO, at (248) 858-0815.