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Gov. Hickenlooper announces grants for local governments to improve online services

Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 -- Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today the Statewide Internet Portal Authority eGovernment Services Grants. SIPA awarded 24 Colorado local governments grants, totaling nearly $100,000, to increase the availability of online services, products or information.


“These grants allow local governments to migrate services and information online to save businesses and residents time, money and resources,” Hickenlooper said. “As we push for government to be effective and efficient, leveraging online services is one of the easiest ways for people to access the information they need, when they need it and efficiently.”


The Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) created the grant program to encourage local governments to put more services and information online. Recognizing the tight budgetary times of local governments and the ever increasing demands of highly mobile citizens, SIPA is fostering the use of the Internet as a tool for delivering services. The grant winners are:


  • Aspen-Pitkin County Communications – Funded $2,976 for Google Apps for Government licenses and consulting hours
  • Town of Breckenridge – Funded $3,800 for online town code services
  • Town of Castle Rock – Funded $6,400 for the development of an open data initiative
  • City of Centennial – Funded $4,000 for the development of a GIS portal
  • Costilla County – Funded $6,500 for the migration to new website
  • Fountain Sanitation District – Funded $2,000 for a server to assist with online mapping
  • Town of Frisco – Funded $5,000 for the development of an online job application and database
  • City of Greenwood Village – Funded $1,350 for the development of an online recreation registration and park permitting system
  • Headwaters Metro District (Granby) – Funded $5,000 for the migration to a new website
  • Health District of Northern Larimer County (Fort Collins) – Funded $4,132.50 to update current website and create a client records database
  • Health District of Northern Larimer County (Fort Collins) – Funded $2,565 for the development of a lottery system application for low-income clinical dental care
  • Town of Ignacio – Funded $2,500 to update website and online codes, permits and forms
  • Logan County Assessor (Sterling) – Funded $6,500 for the purchase of a server for E911 dispatch services
  • City of Longmont – Funded $6,000 for Google Apps for Government Licenses for the fire department and remote staff
  • City of Manitou Springs – Funded $2,000 for a list serve to inform the public
  • Montrose Recreation District – Funded for $6,500 to develop an online recreation registration system
  • North Table Mountain Water & Sanitation District (Golden) – Funded $2,800 for the development of a website and purchase of server firewall hardware
  • San Miguel County – Funded $2,000 for website mobile optimization
  • San Miguel County – Funded $6,000 for the purchase of a GIS server and staff assistance
  • Upper Pine Fire Protection District (Bayfield) – Funded $6,800 for the analysis and survey of properties, and development of fire mitigation and response plans
  • City of Wheat Ridge – Funded $5,000 for upgrades to building permit software
  • Will-O-Wisp Metropolitan District (Bailey) – Funded $549 for online financial services
  • Town of Winter Park – Funded $1,393.39 for online job search and application submissions
  • Yuma District Hospital – Funded $8,000 for the purchase of telehealth equipment.


“SIPA understands how important it is to give people access to more information and services,” said state Sen. Bill Cadman, chairman of the SIPA Board of Directors. “These grants will allow local governments to use technology to deliver services directly to the homes of those they serve, which will make it easier to register for recreation classes, apply for jobs and receive medical consultations.”


The grant program was open to all Colorado governments including cities, counties and special districts.


SIPA was created in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, is self-funded, and has a mission to provide efficient and effective services for citizens through the use of modern business practices and innovative technology solutions. For more information, visit www.colorado.gov/sipa.