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Riverside at the Top in Technology Again -- Awards for City Website & New Online Hiring Tool

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RIVERSIDE – Riverside proves once again why it was recently named the Most Intelligent City in the World!  On Thursday, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government announced the 2012 winners of its annual Best of Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards.

For 17 years, the Best of the Web program has recognized outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency.

Mayor Ron Loveridge said, “We are so proud that Riverside continues to be a leader in digital technology and innovation and we look forward to advancing government in the many exciting areas of technology.”  Riverside ranked 4th this year for its website and is the only California city to be recognized. Plus, Riverside’s Human Resources (HR) Department was recognized for a New Employee Web-based On-Boarding Solution that allows employees to complete paperwork in the comfort of their own home and saves the City thousands of dollars per year on printing and postage costs.  The program increases the efficiency of the hiring process and reduces staff processing time.

Human Resources Director Rhonda Strout is already seeing positive results and said, “As a result of implementing our on-boarding solution, we’ve been able to reduce 30% of staff time printing, collating, reviewing, and auditing new hire documents and anticipate saving over $8,000 annually on printing and postage costs alone.”

The Digital Government Achievement Awards highlight outstanding agency and department websites and applications.  Fifty-six awards in eight categories were given this year.

“Digital technology has fundamentally changed the way people interact with their government…,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.  “We’re excited about the opportunities governments are creating to make new things possible and to do old things faster and more efficiently.”  The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.  The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

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