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State of Arkansas Wins Five International Awards for Excellence in Digital Government

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The State of Arkansas was honored by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) in its 14th annual W³ Awards and 15th annual Davey Awards., the state’s official website, received both a gold Davey award and a silver W³ award for excellence in government websites. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s website,, and the Department of Finance and Administration’s website also received a silver W³ award for excellence. The Department of Information Systems (DIS) received a silver W³ award for its video project, “Transforming Arkansas Government with Emerging Technology Platforms.”

“It is noteworthy that the State of Arkansas is being recognized again for excellence in providing digital government content,” said Governor Hutchinson. “Since my first day in office in 2015, I’ve made computer science education a top priority of my administration. To help bolster this initiative, our state took the lead by demonstrating technological advancement in the delivery of services to our constituents. These awards are further proof that Arkansas is on the right path in the 21st century digital age.”

Both the W³ and Davey Awards are judged and overseen by the AIVA, a 700+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Entries are judged to evaluate distinction in creative work. In determining gold and silver winners, entries are judged on their merits based on a standard of excellence as determined by the AIVA, considering the category entered.

The W³ Awards celebrates digital excellence by honoring outstanding websites, web marketing, video, mobile sites and apps, and social content created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers and creators worldwide. The W³ Awards received over 5,000 entries from advertising agencies, PR firms, interactive agencies, in-house creative professionals, web designers, graphic designers and web enthusiasts. With nearly 3,000 entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small shops, firms and companies worldwide.

The five awards bring the total award wins for the State of Arkansas in 2019 to a record high 19. The state was recognized for a total of 11 awards in 2018.

About Information Network of Arkansas

The Information Network of Arkansas (INA) is a public-private partnership between the state of Arkansas and the Arkansas Information Consortium (AIC) that helps state government entities Web-enable their information and services. Little Rock-based AIC is celebrating 23 years as the state’s official digital government services partner and is part of digital government firm NIC’s (Nasdaq: EGOV) family of companies. A local tech employer, AIC was named among the 2019 “Best Places to Work in Arkansas” by Arkansas Business. INA operates, the official website of the state of Arkansas, which offers more than 950 state and local online services.

About NIC

NIC Inc. NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV) launched the digital government industry in 1992, and continues to lead it, providing a secure payment engine and thousands of digital government solutions across a network of more than 6,000 federal, state, and local government agencies. In addition, NIC is a leading provider of outdoor recreation solutions, with 1 out of 6 hunting and fishing licenses in the United States sold using an NIC service. The company created the nation’s first personal assistant for government and comprehensive mobile platform, Gov2Go®, as well as the innovative, data-driven prescription drug monitoring platform, RxGov®. More information is available at