Colorado Decision Support Systems Website for Managing State’s Water Resources Wins 2018 Horizon Interactive Award

—Website design helps users easily navigate Colorado’s complex water

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading international interactive media awards competition, the Horizon
Interactive Awards (HIA), has selected its 2018 “best of the best” in
interactive media production. This year’s honors include the Department
of Natural Resources (DNR), Colorado’s Decision Support Systems (CDSS).
HIA named the website as a bronze winner for outstanding achievement in
government agency websites.

“The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and Division of Water
Resources (DWR) are thrilled to receive the Bronze Award from Horizon
Interactive,” said GIS and Web Coordinator, Carolyn Kemp. “We’re proud
of the collaborative work that’s reflected in the tools and resources of
the Colorado Decision Support Systems’ website. We’ll continue to be the
leaders in providing the best available data and resources regarding
water for the citizens of Colorado.”

Developed by the CWCB and the DWR, CDSS
is the water management system for Colorado’s major water basins:
Arkansas, Colorado, Dolores, Gunnison, North Platte, Republican, Rio
Grande, San Juan, South Platte, White and Yampa. The system helps users
understand and make planning decisions about Colorado’s water resources
through a massive database, software tools and baseline data sets.

“Congratulations to our partner, CDSS, on winning a Horizon Interactive
Award,” said Colorado Interactive (CI) President and General Manager,
Mike Ansley. “I’m proud that our technology is helping CDSS ensure
people have access to critical information and make responsible
decisions about one of our state’s most precious resources.” In addition
to four of its government partners receiving awards, CI was named one of
HIA’s 2018 Distinguished Agencies.

In its 17th year, HIA
is a prestigious worldwide competition recognizing outstanding
achievement among interactive media producers. They recognize the best
web sites, videos, mobile applications and advertising. The 2018
competition attracted 800 entries spanning 37 U.S. states and 20
countries. A volunteer panel of international professionals representing
interactive media and advertising judged the entries. Judges looked for
the best blend of originality, graphic design, user experience,
communication, technical merit and solution effectiveness.

“Much congratulations to DNR’s CDSS on an excellent and efficient site
that serves its Colorado community,” said the Statewide Internet Portal
Authority’s (SIPA) Executive Director, Jack Arrowsmith. “This secure,
award-winning site is a great example of how SIPA’s self-funded model
provides valuable, no-cost services to state and local governments.”

CDSS enlisted the services of CI, SIPA, the Governor’s Office of
Information Technology and the private digital agency, Elevated Third.
CI provides digital government services to state agencies, local
governments and educational entities through a contract with SIPA—the
official internet portal connecting the public with Colorado government.
The partnership’s mission allows government leaders to focus on
delivering on-demand, digital government solutions without requests for
proposals or the use of tax appropriations. The CI/SIPA partnership has
benefited more than 40 state-department programs.

About Colorado Interactive

Colorado Interactive (CI) is the team behind the official website of the
state of Colorado (
and is overseen by the Statewide
Internet Portal Authority
. The portal operates through a
public-private partnership between the state and CI to help Colorado
government entities web-enable their services. CI builds, operates,
maintains, and markets and is part of the digital
government firm, NIC
(Nasdaq: EGOV).

About SIPA

Established in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Statewide
Internet Portal Authority
 (SIPA) is a self-funded government
organization created to be Colorado’s single most comprehensive delivery
channel for electronic government (eGovernment) services. SIPA strives
to accelerate the adoption of efficient and effective eGovernment
services by placing more online to benefit Colorado residents. In
addition to no-cost websites, payment processing and event registration
setup, SIPA provides SaaS technology solutions, consulting and cyber
security assessments. (

About NIC

NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV) is the nation’s premier provider of innovative
digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help
make government interactions more accessible for everyone through
technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more
than 13,000 digital government services for more than 6,000 federal,
state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the
ground-breaking personal assistant for government, Gov2Go, delivering
citizens personalized reminders and a single platform for all government
interactions. More information is available at


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