Hawaii Launches Mobile-Friendly YouthBuild Honolulu Website

Honolulu, HI – Honolulu young people have a new tool to help them obtain important occupational skills while transforming their own community. The City Department of Community Services WorkHawaii Division proudly announces the launch of the YouthBuild Honolulu website at: youthbuildhonolulu.org.

“We are excited about our new website and the fact that we will be able to reach our young people where they are: online.” said Leina’ala Nakamura, Assistant Administrator of the WorkHawaii Division.

The new mobile-friendly website offers a wealth of information about the program including application and eligibility requirements, a photo gallery to showcase the efforts of the students in the program as well as featured student success stories. Content will be updated on a regular basis with news, events, graduations, open enrollment, and other exciting happenings. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and contact YouthBuild with any questions at: youthbuildhonolulu.org/about-us/contact

The YouthBuild Honolulu website was created in partnership with Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC, the official Internet portal manager of eHawaii.gov.

About YouthBuild

YouthBuild Honolulu, an affiliate member of YouthBuild USA is an alternative education and occupation skills training program that focuses on preparing non-high school graduates, ages 17.5 to 24 to become part of a critical “young adult pipeline” of workers to replace the many experienced workers who are exiting our workforce in local high growth and high demand industries such as education, health, business services and leisure and hospitality (tourism) while simultaneously increasing the supply of affordable housing for Honolulu’s low-income families.

About eHawaii.gov

Hawaii’s official Internet portal, portal.ehawaii.gov, is managed by Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC, a Hawaii corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm, NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV).  Hawaii Information Consortium partners with state agencies to bring more state business online and improve public access to government information.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at egov.com.

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Contact

Russell Castagnaro
eHawaii.gov
808-695-4615
russell@ehawaii.gov

My.hawaii.gov Recognized as 2015 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in Government

HONOLULU — Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized my.hawaii.gov as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program.

This year’s cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government — school districts, county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships — that are at the forefront of innovative government action. my.hawaii.gov delivers ‘Your Government – Your Way,’ with a first of its kind approach to the gamification of government, leveraging existing portal architecture and a Single Sign-On system.

“We are continuing to incrementally implement additional capabilities in 2015 and beyond,” said Keone Kali, State of Hawaii CIO. “Our ultimate aim is to provide access to relevant information and offer transparency in government. We are extremely honored and proud of our team. This recognition strengthens our resolve in taking our Internet presence and application of citizen-facing services to the next level.”

my.hawaii.gov integrates with seven departments and includes a rich history of business conducted online with the state. Several of the core technologies have been in place for a number of years including Centralized Payments (2006) and Single Sign On (2008). It took some time for these enabling technologies to become prevalent enough across the enterprise in Hawaii. When the State asked its Internet portal provider, Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC (HIC), what could be done to forever change the way citizens perceive online government services, the answer was clear:  leverage gamification techniques. There were three goals:

  • Notify users of existing services about other related services they might also like to use.
  • Give users a central point to access all information about their state and county government interactions.
  • Inform users of what other services people are using, how much time, paper and gasoline they saved, and inspire some “collabetition.”

“The concept of applying game-design thinking to other applications is essentially taking advantage of proven best practice models to make resources more engaging. We are taking citizen engagement and user experience seriously. This is paying off with a measurable 20 percent increase in adoption over one year,” added Kali.

Gamification efforts were launched in November 2013 and April 2014, and have already been successful in increasing online adoption rates. Adoption rates indicate the ratio of an online service used versus paper. New services inspired by my.hawaii.gov include email and/or text based “gentle reminders” for filing deadlines and even the ability to monitor your business entity’s status at alertme.ehawaii.gov. A walk through of the service is available online at m.hi.gov/win.

“The Bright Ideas program demonstrates that often seemingly intractable problems can be creatively and capably tackled by small groups of dedicated, civic-minded individuals,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center. “As exemplified by this year’s Bright Ideas, making government work better doesn’t always require massive reforms and huge budgets. Indeed, we are seeing that, in many ways, an emphasis on efficiency and adaptability can have further-reaching effects than large-scale reforms.”

This is the fourth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program. For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs must currently be in operation or in the process of launching and have sufficient operational resources and must be administered by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization. Bright Ideas are showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions.

About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens. For more information, visit www.ash.harvard.edu.

About eHawaii.gov

Hawaii’s official Internet portal, portal.ehawaii.gov, is managed by Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC, a Hawaii corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm, NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV).  Hawaii Information Consortium partners with state agencies to bring more state business online and improve public access to government information.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at egov.com.

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Contacts

Daniel Harsha
Associate Director for Communications, Ash Center
617-495-4347

Russell Castagnaro
General Manager, eHawaii.gov
808-695-4615
russell@ehawaii.gov

EV Stations Hawaii Wins Best Energy Mobile Application

HONOLULU — For the second consecutive year, EV Stations Hawaii has been awarded the title of Best Energy Mobile Application by the Web Marketing Association in its annual MobileWebAwards competition.

In 2012, the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) partnered with the Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC (HIC) and Honolulu Clean Cities (HCC) to create and release EV Stations Hawaii to Apple and Android mobile device users. The mobile application is designed to reduce range anxiety for electric vehicle (EV) drivers by providing EV charging station locations and mapping directions across all four Hawaii counties. In early 2014, HSEO, HIC and HCC reunited to redesign and rerelease the mobile app in June 2014.

The Web Marketing Association announced the winners for the 3rd annual MobileWebAwards Competition on Thursday December 11. The Competition is judged by experienced, objective professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-art in mobile web development, design, and marketing according to a predefined set of criteria.

EV Stations Hawaii is free and available for users to download on iTunes and Google Play, or by navigating to energy.ehawaii.gov/ev using their mobile browser.

About Honolulu Clean Cities

Honolulu Clean Cities (honolulucleancities.org) is a coalition of government and transportation industry stakeholders coordinated by Blue Planet Foundation designed to achieve a cleaner environment in Hawaii by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. The Clean Cities program is a national alternative fuel/advanced technology deployment program administered by U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Vehicle Technologies Program.

About eHawaii.gov

Hawaii’s official Internet portal, https://portal.ehawaii.gov, is managed by Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC, a Hawaii corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm, NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV).  Hawaii Information Consortium partners with state agencies to bring more state business online and improve public access to government information.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at egov.com.

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Contact

Russell Castagnaro
eHawaii.gov
808-695-4615
russell@ehawaii.gov

State Launches Business Monitoring Website

HONOLULU — Business owners in Hawaii now have a new way to monitor their businesses. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Registration Division (BREG) has launched a new, mobile-friendly notification service called MyBusiness Alerts.

“Helping Hawaii’s businesses run more efficiently and assisting consumers in gaining access to pertinent information is vital to further strengthening our economy,” said Gov. David Ige. “We will continue to look at adding more of these types of services.”

“Businesses move so fast now, it can be hard to keep pace,” said Securities Commissioner Tung Chan. “This new service makes sure a business knows any time a new filing or a change is being made to their corporate record with the state. This can help businesses with early detection if something is wrong.”

Through MyBusiness Alerts, business owners can sign up to receive a near-real-time email or text message alert when someone makes a change to a company’s official state business registration filing. The service monitors changes to business name, address, status, type, officers, and annual reports.

In addition, the service lets consumers purchase a MyBusiness Reminder that notifies the consumer when a company’s annual report is due. BREG currently offers free email reminders to companies when their annual filing date is due, but this new service allows others who are not necessarily associated with the company to also receive a reminder.

One year of MyBusiness Alerts costs $25 per business. A MyBusiness Reminder for annual filings is $2.50 for one year per business. For more information and to sign up visit: hbe.ehawaii.gov/documents/notify.

MyBusiness Alerts is created in partnership with Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC, the official Internet portal manager of eHawaii.gov.

 

About eHawaii.gov

Hawaii’s official Internet portal, portal.ehawaii.gov, is managed by Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC, a Hawaii corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm, NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV).  Hawaii Information Consortium partners with state agencies to bring more state business online and improve public access to government information.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at www.egov.com.

 

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Media Contacts:

Brent Suyama
DCCA Communications Officer
808-586-7582
bsuyama@dcca.hawaii.gov
cca.hawaii.gov
http://www.facebook.com/HISecurities
http://twitter.com/HISecurities

 

Russell Castagnaro
General Manager, Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC
(808) 695-4620
info@ehawaii.gov

Hawaii Attorney General Wins Best Information Services Mobile Application

HONOLULU – Attorney General Russell A. Suzuki announced today that the national Web Marketing Association awarded the Best Information Services Mobile Application of 2014 to the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC), a division of the Department of the Attorney General for its “Hawaii Sex Offender Search” mobile app in its annual MobileWebAwards competition.

In January, HCJDC partnered with Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC (HIC) to create and release Hawaii Sex Offender Search to the Android and Apple App Stores. The mobile app allows users to locate the residence and business addresses of sex offenders and other covered offenders registered with the State of Hawaii, as well as view those offenders that reside or work near the user’s current location. The mobile app also provides users with a photograph of the offender and a list of the crime or crimes for which he or she has been convicted.

“The combined efforts of HCJDC and HIC have a direct and immediate impact on the safety and well-being of Hawaii’s residents,” said General Suzuki. “We are very proud of their efforts and their commitment to fulfilling their mission of ensuring public access to important information.”

Hawaii Sex Offender Search is available for Apple and Android smartphones and mobile devices. Users can access this free application by downloading the app through the Apple or Android App stores. Users without a mobile device can view an online directory of Hawaii registered sex offenders and other covered offenders at sexoffender.ehawaii.gov. Both applications were created in partnership with HIC.

Chapter 846E, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), mandates that the HCJDC maintain a central repository of covered offenders in the State of Hawaii. A covered offender is a sex offender or an offender against minors, as defined in Chapter 846E, HRS. Public access to this information is based solely on the fact of each offender’s criminal conviction and is not based on an estimate of the offender’s level of dangerousness.

 

About the MobileWebAwards

The MobileWebAwards Competition (mobile-webaward.org) is produced by the Web Marketing Association to honor excellence in mobile websites and apps, recognize the individuals and organizations responsible, and showcase the best in award winning mobile development. The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 to help set a high standard for internet marketing and development of the best websites on the World Wide Web.

 

About HIC

Hawaii’s official Internet portal (eHawaii.gov) is managed by Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC, a Hawaii corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV). HIC works with Hawaii state and county government agencies to enable them to conduct state business online and improve public access to government information.

 

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at egov.com.

 

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For more information, contact:

Anne Lopez
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(808) 586-1284
Anne.E.Lopez@hawaii.gov
ag.hawaii.gov

 

Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC
(808) 695-4620
info@ehawaii.gov