NIC Wins eGovernment Portal Contract for Kent County, Michigan

One of the Nation's Best-Managed Counties to Deliver Convenient

Online Government Services to its Citizens



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Information Consortium

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Kent County has chosen NIC
 (Nasdaq: EGOV) to build and manage its comprehensive eGovernment Internet
 portal.  The new enterprise website will use the Internet to deliver
 frequently used government services such as accident reports and official
 court record requests to citizens and businesses throughout the County.
     Working with NIC, the County will deliver time-saving online government
 services to consumers and businesses who will be able to take advantage of
 them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Under the NIC partnership, Kent
 County will establish a local board to set policy for the services provided by
 the portal.  The board will include leaders from various segments of the
 community who will provide feedback to NIC and assist in determining
 priorities for the portal.  Using local leadership for direction of portal
 services is a hallmark of the NIC business model used across the country.
 This grassroots approach to online services guarantees local input and is one
 of the reasons NIC was selected for the Kent County initiative.
     Home to over 575,000 citizens in western Michigan and encompassing 35
 cities, villages, and townships, Kent County is frequently cited as one of the
 nation's best-managed counties.  In particular, Kent County has been singled
 out for its sound fiscal management, earning the highest bond ratings from
 both Standard and Poor's (AAA) and Moody's Investor Services (Aaa).
     "Kent County's citizens and businesses have become accustomed to high-
 quality government services, and we intend to build the best eGovernment
 portal in the nation for them," said Daryl Delabbio, Kent County's
 Administrator and Controller.  "Our vision is to have a Web presence that
 delivers the convenience of round-the-clock access to just about every Kent
 County government service, and we are pleased to have NIC on our team to help
 make this vision a reality."
     Kent County's digital government platform was developed after completing a
 comprehensive yearlong evaluation process.  In December 1999, the County's
 team of experts began researching the digital government landscape and
 assembling portal best practices.  Kent County identified NIC as its
 eGovernment partner in December 2000 and entered into a three-year sole source
 portal management agreement on March 5, 2001.  The portal is expected to
 launch early this summer and plans to provide a variety of convenient online
 government services throughout 2001, including accident and incident reports,
 vital record requests, dog license renewals, property history reports, and
 official court record requests.
     NIC will provide the infrastructure and staff expertise required to
 develop, maintain and host the eGovernment services, while Kent County will
 retain ownership of the content, data and statutory fees.  Kent County will
 support the development and management of the portal with a subsidy of
 approximately $490,000 over three years.  Using NIC's new hybrid funding
 model, the project is intended to transition over to a self-funding portal
 over time.  To support the longer-term development, maintenance, and expansion
 of the Kent County portal, a reasonable convenience fee may be charged for
 some online government services.
     "Given Kent County's position as a national leader in county management,
 NIC is particularly honored to have been chosen as their eGovernment partner,"
 said Jim Dodd, President and CEO of NIC.  "We look forward to building an
 enterprise portal that delivers convenient online government services and puts
 the citizens and businesses of Kent County in the driver's seat."
     To deliver true "one-stop shopping" for constituents, the portal is
 expected to have representation from a wide range of county departments and
 agencies.  "Most of Kent County's offices intend to have a presence on our new
 website, and we look forward to offering our constituents a single access
 point for government services," said Dave Boehm, Kent County's Chief
 Information Officer.
     Kent County is NIC's eighth local government partner.  Through its
 subsidiaries, NIC manages official local government portals and pilot projects
 for the City of Indianapolis, Marion County (IN), the City and County of San
 Francisco, Dallas County (TX), the New City of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), and
 the City of Tampa (FL).  NIC also operates enterprise portals for 13 state
 governments.
 
     ABOUT NIC
     NIC, "The eGovernment Company(TM)," delivers more Web-enabled government
 solutions than any other provider in the world.  The company is helping to
 transform the relationships between government and the communities it serves
 by providing convenient online government services that make life easier for
 businesses and citizens.  Through partnerships at all levels of government,
 NIC manages transactions for hundreds of state & local agencies that serve
 more than 44 million people in the United States and Canada.  For more
 information, visit NIC at http//www.nicusa.com .
 
     CONTACT:  Stephanie Singer of Porter Novelli, 202-973-1379, or
 ssinger@porternovelli.com, for National Information Consortium.
 
 

SOURCE National Information Consortium
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Kent County has chosen NIC
 (Nasdaq: EGOV) to build and manage its comprehensive eGovernment Internet
 portal.  The new enterprise website will use the Internet to deliver
 frequently used government services such as accident reports and official
 court record requests to citizens and businesses throughout the County.
     Working with NIC, the County will deliver time-saving online government
 services to consumers and businesses who will be able to take advantage of
 them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Under the NIC partnership, Kent
 County will establish a local board to set policy for the services provided by
 the portal.  The board will include leaders from various segments of the
 community who will provide feedback to NIC and assist in determining
 priorities for the portal.  Using local leadership for direction of portal
 services is a hallmark of the NIC business model used across the country.
 This grassroots approach to online services guarantees local input and is one
 of the reasons NIC was selected for the Kent County initiative.
     Home to over 575,000 citizens in western Michigan and encompassing 35
 cities, villages, and townships, Kent County is frequently cited as one of the
 nation's best-managed counties.  In particular, Kent County has been singled
 out for its sound fiscal management, earning the highest bond ratings from
 both Standard and Poor's (AAA) and Moody's Investor Services (Aaa).
     "Kent County's citizens and businesses have become accustomed to high-
 quality government services, and we intend to build the best eGovernment
 portal in the nation for them," said Daryl Delabbio, Kent County's
 Administrator and Controller.  "Our vision is to have a Web presence that
 delivers the convenience of round-the-clock access to just about every Kent
 County government service, and we are pleased to have NIC on our team to help
 make this vision a reality."
     Kent County's digital government platform was developed after completing a
 comprehensive yearlong evaluation process.  In December 1999, the County's
 team of experts began researching the digital government landscape and
 assembling portal best practices.  Kent County identified NIC as its
 eGovernment partner in December 2000 and entered into a three-year sole source
 portal management agreement on March 5, 2001.  The portal is expected to
 launch early this summer and plans to provide a variety of convenient online
 government services throughout 2001, including accident and incident reports,
 vital record requests, dog license renewals, property history reports, and
 official court record requests.
     NIC will provide the infrastructure and staff expertise required to
 develop, maintain and host the eGovernment services, while Kent County will
 retain ownership of the content, data and statutory fees.  Kent County will
 support the development and management of the portal with a subsidy of
 approximately $490,000 over three years.  Using NIC's new hybrid funding
 model, the project is intended to transition over to a self-funding portal
 over time.  To support the longer-term development, maintenance, and expansion
 of the Kent County portal, a reasonable convenience fee may be charged for
 some online government services.
     "Given Kent County's position as a national leader in county management,
 NIC is particularly honored to have been chosen as their eGovernment partner,"
 said Jim Dodd, President and CEO of NIC.  "We look forward to building an
 enterprise portal that delivers convenient online government services and puts
 the citizens and businesses of Kent County in the driver's seat."
     To deliver true "one-stop shopping" for constituents, the portal is
 expected to have representation from a wide range of county departments and
 agencies.  "Most of Kent County's offices intend to have a presence on our new
 website, and we look forward to offering our constituents a single access
 point for government services," said Dave Boehm, Kent County's Chief
 Information Officer.
     Kent County is NIC's eighth local government partner.  Through its
 subsidiaries, NIC manages official local government portals and pilot projects
 for the City of Indianapolis, Marion County (IN), the City and County of San
 Francisco, Dallas County (TX), the New City of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), and
 the City of Tampa (FL).  NIC also operates enterprise portals for 13 state
 governments.
 
     ABOUT NIC
     NIC, "The eGovernment Company(TM)," delivers more Web-enabled government
 solutions than any other provider in the world.  The company is helping to
 transform the relationships between government and the communities it serves
 by providing convenient online government services that make life easier for
 businesses and citizens.  Through partnerships at all levels of government,
 NIC manages transactions for hundreds of state & local agencies that serve
 more than 44 million people in the United States and Canada.  For more
 information, visit NIC at http//www.nicusa.com .
 
     CONTACT:  Stephanie Singer of Porter Novelli, 202-973-1379, or
 ssinger@porternovelli.com, for National Information Consortium.
 
 SOURCE  National Information Consortium