2009 Digital Cities Survey
The City of Virginia Beach was ranked among the Top 10 cities in the nation (250,000 or more population category) by the Center for Digital Government. The annual survey examines how cities use technology to create a seamless environment between local governments and constituents. Survey questions focus on the implementation and adoption of online service delivery; planning and governance; and the infrastructure and architecture that make the transformation to digital government possible. The survey is open to all U.S. cities with a population of 30,000 or more.
2009 "Best of the Web" First Place Winner
The official city Web site for Virginia Beach, VBgov.com, was selected as the first place winner, City Portal category, in the 2009 "Best of the Web" competition by the Center for Digital Government. The Best of Web is an annual awards program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals. This national awards program judges state, city and county Web sites on their innovation, Web-delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved citizen access.
2008 U.S. Municipalities E-Governance Report
VBgov.com has been ranked #16 out of 100 municipal Web sites that were evaluated in the 2008 U.S. Municipalities E-Governance Report. Co-sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration and the Public Technology Institute, the report assessed the practice of digital governance in large municipalities across the United States by evaluating their Web sites and ranking them on a national scale. The research focused on the largest and the second largest cities in each of the 50 states based on their population size. Evaluation of the Web sites consisted of five categories: Privacy/Security, Usability, Content, Services, and Citizen Participation. In addition to its overall ranking of 16, VBgov.com also ranked among the top 10 municipalities in the Content and Citizen Participation categories (view the complete report under "Related Documents" to the right).
VBgov.com Named “Best of the Web” Finalist
Virginia Beach’s official government Web site, VBgov.com, has been selected as a finalist in The Center for Digital Government’s “Best of the Web” competition. The Best of Web is an annual awards program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals. This national awards program judges state, city and county Web sites on their innovation, Web-delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved citizen access.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.
VBgov.com Receives "Best of the Web" Award
On Wednesday, September 28, 2005, the official City of Virginia Beach Web site (VBgov.com) was awarded the second place prize in the City Portal Category of the annual Best of the Web competition. VBgov.com also received this recognition in 2003.
The Best of the Web competition is sponsored by the Center for Digital Government and is open to all municipalities throughout the United States. Entries for the award were judged on innovation, functionality, and efficiency and economy.
|APEX 2005 Awards for Publication Excellence|
In July 2005, VBgov.com won its fourth straight award in publication excellence for Web sites. Sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., the APEX Awards receive entries from corporations, nonprofits, small businesses, ad agencies, associations, and government and public and private institutions. The awards program has over 100 categories.
|Virginia Beach is Most Technology Advanced City in America|
The City of Virginia Beach is the most technology advanced city government in the nation with more than 250,000 residents, according to the 2004 Digital Cities Survey. Last year, Virginia Beach ranked third behind Tampa, Colorado Springs and Los Angeles.
"I am very proud of Virginia Beach's recognition as a top digital city," said Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf, "however it's the citizens who are the winners every day through excellent online services, effective customer-focused activities, and an efficient technology enhanced government."
|2004 Standard of Excellence WebAward|
The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 to set a high standard for Internet marketing and site development on the World Wide Web. WebAward entries were submitted by leading interactive agencies, Web site owners or in-house marketing and e-commerce departments from more than 19 countries worldwide. VBgov.com competed head-to-head with other government sites as well as against an overall standard of excellence. "We are delighted to receive this recognition and very proud of the customer service initiatives we offer via the Internet," said Chief Information Officer David Sullivan. "I believe VBgov.com is one of the most innovative, most functional municipal sites on the Web-thanks to the collaborative efforts of city staff and constructive feedback by citizens."
|2004 Silver Circle Savvy Award|
The Savvy Awards "recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. The Savvies salute skilled and effective city/county/agency professionals who have creatively planned and carried out successful innovations." This recognition marks the fourth year in a row that Virginia Beach has been recognized in 3CMA's annual awards competition. 3CMA was founded in 1988 with a mission of improving communication between government and citizens by applying marketing strategies and techniques.
|APEX 2004 Awards for Publication Excellence|
In July 2004, VBgov.com won its third straight award in publication excellence for Web sites. Sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., the APEX Awards receive entries from corporations, nonprofits, small businesses, ad agencies, associations, and government and public and private institutions. The awards program has over 100 categories.
|VBgov.com wins second International Award|
For the second time in less than a year, the City of Virginia Beach's Web portal, VBgov.com, has received an International Web Page Awards Certificate of Creative Achievement from the Web Marketing Association. The award was announced this week as a result of the 2004 round of the annual competition.
The International Web Page Award is a prestigious program that receives submissions from some of the world's largest commercial and nonprofit organizations, representing 26 countries. Each entry is critiqued in the areas of graphic design, content and programming.
"We are all very pleased with this recognition and proud of the customer service initiatives we are able to offer via the Internet. VBgov.com continues to be successful largely because of the collaborative efforts of the city staff and the constructive feedback provided by citizens. We will continue to enhance our Web presence for the benefit of our citizens and visitors and look forward to many additional new services and features in the coming months," said David Sullivan, chief information officer.
|Second Best in Nation|
Virginia Beach's award-winning website, VBgov.com, has achieved another significant recognition by being named the nation's second best city website by the Center for Digital Government. The center's annual Best of the Web competition placed VBgov.com second behind Washington, D.C., with Boston, Phoenix and Dallas rounding out the top five.
I am proud of the efforts of everyone involved with Virginia Beach's great website and happy to see us recognized along with some of the nation's great cities, said Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf.
Virginia Beach and its website have been in the national spotlight with the start of the trial of accused sniper John Allen Muhammad. The city used its website to create an information resource about trial preparations and activities for its residents, businesses and the media. When faced with the problem of how to allocate limited public seats for this high-profile trial, the city devised a lottery process and used the website for individuals to register to be part of the lottery. To date, more than 1,800 persons have registered for a chance to sit in on the trial proceedings through VBgov.com. We average about 400,000 users a month on VBgov.com and feel it's an excellent way to reach a lot people quickly and efficiently with critical information about the trial, said David Sullivan, the city's chief information officer.
|International Web Page Awards Competition|
In October 2003, judges chose VBgov.com as the winner of a "Certificate of Creative Achievement" award. VBgov.com was the only local government Web site to be recognized in the International Web Page Awards competition. "I cannot recall a time when there was another Government site that won" said Edwin Fish, President of the International Web Page Awards.
This is the first time VBgov.com was entered in this competition, and it was competing with design firms, ad agencies, major magazines, etc. from across the globe including entries from Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and The United States.
The International Web Page Awards brings recognition to graphic artists, website designers, advertising agencies, corporations, companies, and individuals who wish to spotlight their creativity in interactive design. Judges for the competition are recruited solely from the entries received. Judges review entries utilizing a 26-question critique based on the attributes of the Web site.
In September 2003, the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) presented VBgov.com with a third Savvy Award of Excellence. The Savvy Awards recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public sector marketing, and citizen-government relationships.
|APEX 2003 Awards for Publication Excellence|
In July 2003, VBgov.com won a 2003 "Home Page" award in the Web and Intranet sites category. Sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., the APEX Awards receive entries from corporations, nonprofits, small businesses, ad agencies, associations, and government and public and private institutions. The awards program has over 100 categories.
|E-Gov 2003 Trailblazer Award|
In May 2003, E-Gov 2003 Government Solutions Center chose VBgov.com for the E-Gov 2003 Trailblazer Award. The twenty winners selected for this honorable mention award were selected from more than 250 nominations for recognition within the E-Gov community.
E-Gov is made up of marketing and education professionals who have more than 20 years experience working with technology leaders from government and industry. The organization produces events and publishes the E-Gov Digest.
|MuniNet Guide & Review: Top Picks for 2002|
In February 2003, MuniNet Guide & Review named Virginia Beach's Web site as an honorable mention "Top Pick" among city Web sites in this country. "Online surveys, drop-down menus atop the home page, and a calendar that allows you to click on a date to see what's going on at a given time are among the elements that combine to maximize efficiency of visits," MuniNet states at their site when describing VBgov.com. Being named among the 2002 Top Picks marks the third consecutive year that Virginia Beach's site has received recognition from Muninet.
|NATOA City or County Web Site Award|
VBgov.com won first place in the City or County Web site category of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) 2003 awards program. The NATOA awards program, consisting of 59 categories, received 925 entries from U.S. municipalities.
|2003 Best of the Web Award from the Center for Digital Government|
In 2003, VBgov.com received second place in the Best of the Web contest, City Portal Category. The Best of the Web competition is sponsored by the Center for Digital Government recognized VBgov.com as a finalist in the Best of the Web competition. The Best of the Web competition judges a Web site's innovation, efficiency, economy, functionality, and services that enable constituents to participate in government.
|Best Technology Services Award of Excellence|
In September 2002, the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) presented VBgov.com with a second Savvy Award of Excellence.
The Savvy Awards recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public sector marketing, and citizen-government relationships. VBgov also won a Savvy Award of Excellence in 2001.
When commenting on VBgov.com during the 2002 competition, judges said that VBgov is an "excellent model of [the] new generation of municipal Web sites, offering a variety of information [and] inner activity. Very good design elements."
3CMA is an organization devoted to developing better two-way communication between cities and their citizens.
|Center for Digital Government's 2002 Best of the Web|
In September 2002, the Center for Digital Government recognized VBgov.com as a finalist in the Best of the Web competition.
The Best of the Web competition judges a Web site's innovation, efficiency, economy, functionality, and services that enable constituents to participate in government.
"Virginia Beach has embraced digital government like almost no other local government in the United States," said Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "For years they have been pushing e-government for innovative service delivery. Their site is one of the best in the nation."
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute. VBgov.com was also a finalist in the 2001 Best of the Web competition.
|APEX 2002 Awards for Publication Excellence|
In July 2002, APEX selected VBgov.com for a rare Grand Award. The site was chosen from among over 600 other competitors in the Web and Intranet Sites Nonprofit category. Of the nearly 5,900 APEX Awards entries, only 98 won a Grand Award. The APEX Awards program recognizes excellence in publications work by professional communicators.
"The judges thought [VBgov] was an exceptionally effective example of a city government Web site," said John De Lellis, an APEX Awards judge. "In our view, the focus of such a site should not be on glitz or splash pages and clever graphics, but on creating an easy-to-navigate, interesting site that's packed with useful information on a wide range of community issues and government programs and services. The Virginia Beach site executes exactly that strategy and does it very, very well. In fact, it is one of only two city sites to win a Grand Award in this year's APEX."
|MuniNet Guide & Review: Top Pick for 2001|
In February 2002, MuniNet Guide & Review selected Virginia Beach's web site as one of the five top portals among large U.S. cities. It is the second consecutive year that Virginia Beach's site has received the honor. "In late 2001, the City released a new version of VBgov.com, now the single, official web portal for the City. The site's welcome message explains the market research that went into developing the new site," stated Mardee Alvaro, editor of MuniNet Guide & Review. "The City apparently did a lot of listening to its residents, and came up with a top-of-the-line web site in response. Two thumbs up for this informative, interactive and sophisticated web site."
|2001 Governor's Technology Award|
In September 2001, Virginia Secretary of Technology Donald Upson presented the City of Virginia Beach with a Governor's Technology Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding technology achievements in Virginia, was given for the City's Web site, VBgov.com. The site earned a Gold Award for its use of e-government and for its responsiveness to citizens' needs. A panel comprised of the previous year's award winners, Council on Technology Services members and representatives from the technology secretariat selected the winners.
|2001 3CMA Saavy Award|
In September 2001, The City of Virginia Beach received an Award of Excellence for "Best Technology Services for the World-Wide Web" award for VBgov.com. The Savvy Awards recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public sector marketing, and citizen-government relationships. When commenting on VBgov.com, the award's judges said that the Web site's e-Neighborhoods "make this site user-friendly" and "the use of a database to drive this site means content is timely and accurate." The City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) is an organization devoted to developing better two-way communication between cities and their citizens.
|2001 Best of the Web|
In September of 2001, VBgov.com was recognized by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology magazine as a finalist in the Best of the Web 2001 competition. VBgov.com was one of 16 finalists chosen from 396 entries as one of 16 finalists in the municipal government category.
|E-Government Applied: Best In Category Award Winner|
In August of 2001, VBgov.com was recognized by Civic Resource Group as a Best in Category Web site for a City of 250,000 to 500,000 inhabitants. VBgov.com was recognized for a "strong stakeholder orientation and a high rate of inclusion of predetermined information and service features." This competition pitted VBgov.com against all cities in the country with a population greater than 100,000.
|MuniNet Guide & Review: Top Pick for 2000|
In January 2001, VBgov.com was recognized by MuniNet Guide and Review as a Top Pick for 2000, citing the site as "professional in appearance, intuitively designed, and full of great information and services." MuniNet Guide & Review called VBgov.com a "virtual city hall where residents can conveniently interact with government" and said the goals and objectives of the city's E-Gov Commission are "a definite must-see for anyone interested in government web sites, particularly electronic delivery of services."