visionCMS is receiving high marks from early adopters who are using it to expedite and streamline citizen access to local government information, increasing transparency and saving taxpayer dollars.
Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
Vision Internet, a national leader in government website development, today announced that eight of its city and county clients received 2013 Sunny Awards, which honor the most transparent government websites in the nation. Five of the sites earned the coveted “A plus” grade.
The following Vision Internet clients were among the 247 government entities recognized in the “A” grade range in the fourth annual Sunny Awards sponsored by Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, were the following Vision Internet clients:
Costa Mesa, Calif.
Coweta County, Ga.
Rock Hill, S.C.
Mathews County, Va.
For the 2013 awards, Sunshine Review Editors analyzed more than 1,000 qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes. Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of all 50 states and more than 7,000 state and local entities.
“Forward-thinking cities and counties across North America are embracing new, tech-savvy ways to proactively share public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people,” said Steve Chapin, president of Vision Internet. “Vision Internet prides itself on taking the latest private sector technology available and bringing it to local government in a way that makes sense for public agencies. Transparency is a big part of that effort and we’re proud to be associated with the cities and counties recognized by the Sunshine Review. Congratulations to all.”
A key to Vision Internet’s innovative website functionality is its new government content management system, visionCMS™, which allows allow non-technical staff to add, edit and delete website content while providing the management tools necessary to maintain control, consistency and quality. Introduced last fall, visionCMS is receiving high marks from early adopters who are using it to expedite and streamline citizen access to local government information, increasing transparency and saving taxpayer dollars.
Chapin made special note of the City of Bell, Calif., which was among the first Vision Internet clients to launch a website powered by the new visionCMS. Rebuilding in the wake of a municipal pay controversy, the City had received a “D” grade in past Sunshine Review ratings. Chapin called the City’s “A-minus” grade “a major turnaround.”
City of Bell Mayor Ali Saleh said, “The City’s new website is an important tool in our effort to move the City forward and enhance transparency to City Hall functions. We have brought City Hall to residents’ front doors providing detailed information about local government and its services – information that can be conveniently accessed 24/7. This new website isn’t just a stark contrast to the past; it’s a complete 360 degree turn that clearly demonstrates our continued commitment to transparency.”
The Sunny Awards announcement was made during the annual “Sunshine Week,” March 10-16, a period nationally recognized by hundreds of media and civic organizations, that celebrates the efforts of activists and the strides taken toward open government.
“The age of government transparency is still in the early stages as the momentum shifts from ‘Should we do it?’ to ‘How do we make government data easily accessible to those who need it?’” Chapin said. “The City of Bell is a model of civic renewal and we are proud to have played a part in the journey.”
For more information about the Sunny Awards visit sunshinereview.org/index.php/Sunny_awards. For more information about Vision Internet’s transformative government website technology, please call 888-263-8847 or visit http://www.visioninternet.com/freedemo.
About Vision Internet
Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., Vision Internet is a national leader in government website development with nearly 500 government, non-profit and education clients in U.S. and Canadian communities with populations that range from less than 1,000 residents to more than 5 million. The company creates cost-effective solutions that increase government efficiency, transparency and interactive communications with citizens. Over the past 17 years, the company has earned hundreds of prestigious awards for its unique websites. Vision Internet recently launched visionCMS™, a powerful, easy to use content management system developed with feedback from hundreds of municipal clients. For more information visit http://www.visioninternet.com.