The County of San Mateo is home to one of the best government websites in the nation. 

Government Technology and e.Republic's Center for Digital Government announced this week the winners of the 2014 Best of the Web awards with the County of San Mateo making the list of finalists for best county website.

“It's a great honor to be among the counties that are leading the way in providing residents and businesses easier access to government online,” said Beverly Thames, Content and Collaboration Manager for the San Mateo County Information Services Department. “We are inspired and challenged to work even harder so we can put San Mateo County in the top five next year."

In three categories -- state, city and county -- nearly 300 government websites were judged. In its 19th year, the annual Best of the Web awards recognize city, county and state governments for outstanding portals and websites based on innovation, functionality, productivity and performance. 

This year’s first-place Best of the West winners are the District of Columbia, taking first place for the third time since 2003; Oakland County, Mich., a first-place winner also in 2008; and the State of Hawaii, a first-time first-place winner in the state category.

The County of San Mateo’s website, www.smcgov.org, is recognized as a finalist in the county category for using an open source platform for its new responsive, accessible website, utilizing features intended to maintain a unified look while allowing flexibility for individual departments.

“I attribute our success to the dedication of my team and to the goals we set for mobile-first design, improving search and increasing visitor engagement," said Thames. 

The County of San Mateo shares the Best of the Web distinction with other finalists in the county category:

Baltimore County, Mich.

Chesterfield County, Va.

Miami-Dade County, Fla.

Pinellas County, Fla.

Salt Lake County, Utah

County of San Diego, Calif.

The complete list of Best of the Web finalists awardees can be found at www.govtech.com.

“Across the board, this year’s Best of the Web winners and finalists have demonstrated how effective their portals and applications are,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “Elements such as upgraded eCommerce capability, mobile-first design, intuitive search, improved transparency and integration of social media provide citizens and businesses easier and better access to their government. Congratulations to the awardees for their impressive work to make government more open, responsive and mobile-friendly.”

The 2014 Best of the Web awards is a joint project of Government Technology and e.Republic's Center for Digital Government, which highlights the public sector's evolving capabilities on the Web. 

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, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.