USB Modernization Project Recognized for Innovation in Government Technology


​CHARLESTON, W. Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Portal Modernization Project was recently presented with the "Innovation in Service Delivery" award by the West Virginia Office of Technology 2009 Excellence in Information Technology Recognition Awards. Since its inception in 2007, the Portal Modernization Project has saved the state of West Virginia more than $10 million dollars and has resulted in the launch of 26 online services and 21 new Web sites to date. The program currently has over 40 additional online services and Web sites in development that are scheduled to launch in upcoming months.

The "Innovation in Service Delivery" award recognizes the innovative use of technology to enhance and expand service delivery. The award recognizes the significant achievements made by in providing the state with an improved and standardized Web platform that can be used by all state and local government entities to develop online services and Web sites. The West Virginia Information Technology Recognition Awards are intended to give statewide exposure to innovation in service delivery, application of new technologies, collaboration across government boundaries, and excellence in leadership in the application of information technology in support of state and local government ventures.

The first major milestone completed on the project was the redesign of the state Web site(, which included the nation's first education portal,, and was launched in May 2008. The initiative makes use of an innovative self-funded public-private partnership between the state and West Virginia Interactive that enables state and local government entities to enhance their online service offerings without the use of appropriated funds or state tax dollars. "We are honored to receive this award because it reflects the great value is delivering to the State of West Virginia and its citizens through this proven self-funded approach," said Kyle Schafer, Chief Information Officer of the State of West Virginia. "In this challenging economic environment, we are proud to provide West Virginians with high quality online services that simplify interactions with the state without using appropriations or tax dollars."

About West Virginia Interactive is the official Web site of the State of West Virginia ( and is the result of an innovative public-private partnership between the state and West Virginia Interactive. West Virginia Interactive works with government agencies to build and manage interactive online services and is a subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).

About NIC

NIC Inc. is the nation's leading provider of official government Web sites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies that serve 97 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at