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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson's Website Wins Two Awards

Hermes Creative and Communicator Awards honor newly enhanced governor.arkansas.gov

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Office of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently won two international awards — a Hermes Creative Gold Award and a Communicator Award of Distinction — both for excellence in a government website.

Developed in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas (INA), the newly enhanced governor.arkansas.gov website features a fresh, modern look that is designed to keep Arkansas citizens and state employees informed of the operations and plans of the Office of the Governor.

"It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to provide citizens a faster and more efficient delivery of public information through the website," said JR Davis, Communications Director for the Office of Governor Hutchinson. "With Governor Hutchinson's focus on technology, it's even more meaningful for the website to be recognized as a benchmark for government websites across the globe."

The governor.arkansas.gov homepage tiles feature the Governor's top priorities, allowing for citizens to quickly access the latest information on the computer science initiative, government transformation, economic development, tax cuts, and Veteran care. Citizens can also experience a virtual tour of the governor's mansion, as well as stay up-to-date with news from around the state in the new blog, 250. The blog, named after the suite number of the Governor's office, goes beyond press conferences and bill signings to offer a glimpse of the day-to-day life of Governor Hutchinson.

New pages are continually added to the website, including a page featuring the recently announced cabinet secretaries. In addition, the new site was delivered on a platform that allows the Governor's staff to make updates as needed — providing for fresh content that citizens can easily consume from any device.

With over 6,500 entries throughout the United States and nineteen other countries, the Hermes Creative Awards recognizes outstanding work in the marketing and communications industry while promoting the philanthropic nature of its professionals. Governor.arkansas.gov was honored with a Gold Award for its high standard of excellence in the Government Website category. The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) oversees the Hermes Creative Awards and recognition programs, and has judged more than 200,000 entries since its formation in 1994.

With over 6,000 entries received worldwide, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. Governor.arkansas.gov was recognized with a Communicator Award of Distinction in the government website category.

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 its 22nd year 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 recently named to the 2018 "Best Places to Work in Arkansas" list sponsored by Arkansas Business. INA operates Arkansas.gov, the official website of the state of Arkansas, which offers more than 850 state and local online services.

About NIC

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 launched 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 www.egov.com.

Contact:

Bob Sanders
Information Network of Arkansas
501-324-8915 | bob@ark.org

JR Davis
Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson
501-683-6439 | jrdavis@governor.arkansas.gov

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