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Maine State Website Celebrates 15 Years of Achievement

The State of Maine first adopted the concept for a self-funded eGovernment Web portal back in 1999 beginning with the development of Maine.gov. Fifteen years later www.Maine.gov continues to achieve tremendous success providing new information and online services to Maine citizens, through innovative uses of technology.

“Providing a strong Web presence to connect Maine citizens to their government is more important than ever, as they expect transparency from both their elected officials and the state’s agencies,” stated Governor Paul R. LePage. “Fifteen years after implementation, Maine.gov continues to be a valuable resource for Mainers and visitors through constant updates and achievements in eGovernment innovation."

The Maine State Legislature enacted the Information Resource of Maine (InforME) Electronic Access to Public Information Act on April 15, 1998, which called for the creation of a public/private long-term partnership to operate a portal network. Its mission - to make government information and services available to the public electronically. The Maine.gov Web portal is managed by Maine Information Network, LLC (MIN), the private partner that was selected through the competitive procurement process for the InforME Network Manager contract in 1999.

InforME is a unique state initiative -- a self-supporting portal that provides and enhances access to public information through eGovernment services. InforME operates the state’s official website, www.Maine.gov, and builds online services including data searches, filings, permits, licenses, mapping, and reporting functions.

InforME has worked in partnership with the state of Maine and municipal agencies to implement more than 450 electronic services and process more than 80.5 million payment transactions since 1999. Maine.gov sets a standard of excellence for state government websites, having been ranked nationally within the top 10 state government websites every year since 2000 for its design, usability and online services.

“Over the past 15 years, MIN has been a tremendous eGovernment partner to the state of Maine,” remarked Greg McNeal, chief technology officer for the state of Maine and chair of the InforME board. “MIN has helped evolve eGovernment in the state of Maine. The public/private partnership has consistently produced a high quality Web presence that focuses on usability and accessibility, enabling Maine citizens and visitors to access information and conduct business with the state from any location.”

The InforME network manager, MIN, entered into a second long-term, zero-dollar contract with the state on March 14, 2008 after another procurement process and continues to partner with the state of Maine to manage Maine.gov and the InforME electronic services.

Maine.gov is the entry portal to more than 300,000 pages of state government content and online services. In 2013, Maine.gov received over 47 million page views. The state of Maine website helps users stay informed and complete government business with tools such as email and text alerts, Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feeds, multimedia, and mobile services.

About Maine.gov

Maine.gov (http://www.Maine.gov) is the official Web portal of the state of Maine. Maine.gov is a service of InforME, a collaborative effort between the state of Maine and Maine Information Network, LLC, part of the NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included three times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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