Utah named best state government for digital services

Praised for attention to detail and commitment to make it work for residents.<br>

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Night falls on the State Capitol Building on the second to last day of the legislative session, Wednesday March 8, 2017 in Salt Lake City.

Utah offers the best digital services of any state, according to the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute.

It handed its first place State Government Experience award on Monday to Gov. Gary Herbert. Second place went to Indiana, and third place was awarded to Arkansas.

The group said Utah “stands out in its attention to detail and commitment to putting its entire technological toolbox to work for its citizens.”

Dustin Haisler, chief innovation officer of the center, added that Utah officials treat web services “like a living part of the government and they keep it up to date and accessible and they do things that are above and beyond what I would consider the norm is in government.”

“We work hard to provide the very best online services for Utahns,” said Mike Hussey, state chief information officer.

The state also won some other category awards. Utah hunting and fishing services won a Government-to-Citizen Experience Award, and the Utah public meetings notice website won a Government-to-Government Experience Award.