Log in Subscribe

Manatee County Receives Sunny Award for Website

Posted

MANATEE COUNTY – Manatee County Government’s website has been named a Sunny Award winner by Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency. The award honors the most transparent government websites in the nation.

The award coincides with Sunshine Week, a period nationally recognized by hundreds of media and civic organizations, that celebrates the efforts of activists and the strides taken towards open government.

For the 2013 awards, Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 1,000 qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes. The winners of the Sunny Award all received an “A” grade during the extensive grading process.

Manatee County Information Outreach Coordinator Nicholas Azzara said web editors from each Manatee County department play a part in making information accessible and easy to find on www.mymanatee.org

“Manatee County understands the importance of promoting transparency in everything we do,” Azzara said. “We are honored to receive a Sunny Award and will continue to empower citizens by providing the necessary information to keep them informed on the actions their government is taking on their behalf.”

For the 2013 awards, Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 1,000 qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes. The winners of the Sunny Award all received an “A” grade during the extensive grading process.

“The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority,” said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. “The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people. We would like to congratulate Manatee County for being a champion for transparency and serving as a leader to every state and local government around the nation.”

Eight states earned nearly half of the 247 Sunny Awards given. The leading states were Florida (25), Virginia (19), Illinois (19), California (12), Georgia (12), Kansas (11), Oklahoma (10) and Colorado (9). In addition, 35 counties, 22 cities and 42 school districts from all over the country earned the coveted “A+” grade.

Sunshine Review is a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations throughout America in the cause of an informed citizenry and a transparent government. Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of all 50 states and more than 7,000 state and local entities.

Visit Manatee’s award-winning website and learn more about Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org.

1

Comments

No comments on this item

Only paid subscribers can comment
Please log in to comment by clicking here.