City’s Web portal gains national recognition

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

As posted on, October 2, 2013

The City of Riverside’s Internet portal has received a “Best of the Web Award” from the Center for Digital Government, a national group that recognizes best practices in Web functionality and e-government services.

The second-place award placed Riverside ahead of cities likeRaleigh, N.C. (third), Tampa, Fla. (fourth) and Denver, Colo. (fifth). Other finalists included Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Santa Monica, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Va. First place went to Austin, Texas.

“This award really demonstrates the high level of expertise and commitment within our Web team,” said Lea Deesing, chief innovation officer for Riverside.

Deesing said the award is a testament to the work performed by the city’s Web team — Chris Tilden, John Botta and Nghi Quach. The city has won the award eight years in a row and has finished in the top five in six of those eight years.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute that provides information technology policies and best practices for state and local government.