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Alabama Websites Continue to Receive International Praise

Two websites hosted by Alabama Interactive, Alabama.gov and OutdoorAlabama.com, were recognized again this quarter by an international award competition for excellence on the web. The W³ awards presented both websites with Silver awards in the government category. Just last month, the websites received awards from the WebAwards and Alabama.gov was recognized as a finalist by the Center for Digital Government.

Alabama Interactive places great importance on finding innovative ways to bring the government to citizens online in a user-friendly manner. Both websites recognized with awards do just that. Each consists of unique features that better serve not only Alabamians but also site visitors around the world. Some of the features specifically recognized by the award competitions include a centralized search and dynamic news galleries.

About the W³ Awards

The W³ Awards honors creative excellence on the Web and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning websites, Web video and online marketing programs. Simply put, the W³ is the first major Web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies.

The W³ Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. Please visit aiva.org for a full member list and additional information. For more information about the W³ Awards, please visit http://www.w3award.com.

For a full listing of past awards won for Alabama.gov, click here.

About the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management, and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. ADCNR is an executive and administrative department of the State of Alabama created by statute. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

About Alabama Interactive

Alabama Interactive is the official digital government solutions provider for the state of Alabama. The company builds and manages interactive government services on behalf of the state and is a wholly owned subsidiary of firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).

About NIC

NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 13,000 digital government services for more than 6,000 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking personal assistant for government, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single platform for all government interactions. More information is available at www.egov.com.

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