For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Contact: Aaron McLear
Jeff Macedo

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today applauded the announcement California has won first place in this year’s Center for Digital Government’s national Best of Web competition. California placed second last year, third in 2008 and was unranked in previous years.

“This award demonstrates the state’s commitment to making government more responsive and accessible through our website – this is great news for the many Californians who want to access information, services and connect with their state government,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “When I became Governor, we didn’t even make the rankings and now we top them. I would like to congratulate all of the talented, hard working state employees who helped make our web portal and state agency websites the best in the nation.”

“Governor Schwarzenegger has made it a top priority to increase transparency and improve services by having the best possible online presence,” said Teri Takai, California’s Chief Information Officer. “Inspired by his leadership, department and agency chief information officers, web designers, technical staff and public information officers all worked in concert to push us to the top of this distinguished list.”

A newly redesigned portal,, was launched on June 2, 2010 with enhanced search capabilities to make services and information easier than ever to find. The portal includes a new mobile site with more than 40 applications designed for smart phones and searchable maps with data on thousands of state government facilities including field offices, state parks, public schools, universities, libraries, hospitals and more. CA.govorganizes more than 76,000 web-based services, including more than 700 transactional services provided by agencies throughout state government.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. For more than a decade, the Center has used the annual Best of the Web competition to recognize and celebrate state web portals that provide innovative solutions by communicating well with constituents and businesses. This highly coveted award is given to one city, one county and one state government portal each year for their innovation and outstanding use of e-government to provide exemplary service to citizens and businesses in their jurisdictions.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814