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April 2012

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OK.gov Unveils Newly Designed Web Portal

OKLAHOMA CITY – May 1, 2012 – Today, the state of Oklahoma unveiled a new design and major functional enhancements to the official state web portal, OK.gov. The new and improved OK.gov introduces cutting-edge design and technology to enhance how state government interacts with the citizens and businesses of Oklahoma. The new web portal (www.ok.gov) not only showcases the natural beauty of Oklahoma through spectacular background images, but also incorporates first-of-its-kind technology, such as enhanced searching capabilities and responsive design; allowing the state to effectively deliver an exceptional experience to Oklahoma’s citizens and businesses.

“With the launch of the latest OK.gov website, the most innovative technology is being used to provide state government with the opportunity to better interact and serve the citizens and businesses of Oklahoma,” Gov Fallin said.   The new OK.gov layout was designed in response to the trend Governor Mary Fallin initiated with the launch of her redesigned website last year (ok.gov/governor). OK.gov includes many similarities to the Governor’s website, such as the prominent search bar, stylish swoop in the banner area, rotating current features areas, and the header bar to highlight prominent modules. As the Governor’s look and feel is currently being developed by OK.gov to become the new state agency template, this consistency is intended to instill a sense of familiarity and trust in Oklahoma government by the citizens and businesses that interact with the state of Oklahoma online.

Whether viewing OK.gov from a smart phone, tablet, PC, or Mac, responsive design adapts the layout of the website to the viewing environment of the end user’s device. Users across an extensive range of devices and browsers can now easily access and navigate the information provided on OK.gov, with minimum resizing and scrolling required.  To enhance the searching capabilities of users as they navigate through OK.gov, the ‘Companion Search’ utility has been added, which follows users as they scroll up and down the web page. The main search bar contains navigation and most recent/popular content links to help users quickly access relevant information. Social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, are also prominently displayed in the top banner area to allow one-click access to share pertinent information found on OK.gov.

Some of the other key features of the new portal include:

  • Bold new look and responsively designed format
  • Enhanced Google powered “Companion Search” bar
  • Live OK stats and Twitter Feed
  • Easy-to-use Share functionality
  • Improved information architecture with added usability & accessibility
  • Ever-changing content on the home page
  • Photo gallery and Oklahoma information
  • Easy access to all Oklahoma Elected Officials’ websites

“Transparent government and innovation are critical components to Governor Fallin’s administration,” said OK.gov General Manager, Mark Mitchell. “As OK.gov is the web portal to Oklahoma government, the revamped website has been developed to meet the more technical savvy demands of Oklahoma citizens and businesses. This new website provides innovative technology and design, such as companion search and responsive design, to deliver the best possible experience and better serve the state of Oklahoma.”

The new web portal is designed and maintained by OK.gov, a public-private partnership with the Oklahoma Office of State Finance and Oklahoma Interactive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC.

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Oklahoma Increases Transparency Efforts

OKLAHOMA CITY – April 24, 2012 – Data.OK.gov, the state of Oklahoma’s online data repository, recently integrated with the federal government’s Data.gov site to provide new Oklahoma-specific federal datasets.

Data.OK.gov currently offers 215 datasets created by Oklahoma state agencies in addition to the 5,249 datasets now available from Data.gov. The seamless integration of the two sites is possible because both sites are hosted by Socrata, the Seattle-based company that provides the website’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) open data platform.

“The additional access to federal data on Data.OK.gov increases the transparency of our state,” said Secretary of Finance, Preston Doerflinger. “It brings a level of openness and interactivity with government data that our citizens deserve. It lets them see for themselves where Oklahoma stands and where we rank in relation to other states.”

The new federal and Oklahoma-specific federal datasets are located on Data.OK.gov under the Federated Domains subheading in the left navigation. The ‘This Site Only’ link provides Oklahoma-specific federal datasets and the ‘explore.data.gov’ link provides federal datasets.

“Locating data from the state and Data.gov portals can be cumbersome due to the abundance of data available,” said Alex Pettit, State Chief Information Officer. “Now all data concerning Oklahoma, both state and federal, will be at our citizens’ fingertips.”

The datasets available on Data.OK.gov and Data.gov enable the public and media to utilize state and federal data in a variety of ways, including:

  • View and download raw statistics
  • Conduct research and analysis of datasets
  • Build applications for use on websites
  • Embed charts, maps, and other data on websites and blogs
  • Share data on Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Digg, and through email

The state’s new online data repository is a product of a partnership between the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, Socrata, a leading provider of open data services for federal, state and local governments, and OK.gov, Oklahoma’s official website.

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Google Announces Additional Investment in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez joined Google officials today at  a news conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol to unveil Google’s plan to expand its data center operation at the MidAmerica Industrial Park near Pryor in Mayes County.   The new facility will be constructed next to the original data center which was dedicated in September 2011 and will double production capacity and add several employee amenities.

“We welcome the news today of Google’s plans to continue investing in Oklahoma,” commented Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.  “Google’s decision to increase the size of their data center in Mayes County highlights the attractiveness of our state as a place to invest and do business.  As a global company recognized for creating innovative online tools that help businesses and individuals succeed, Google has found a technical workforce with a strong work ethic in Oklahoma, one equal to the task of operating their data center in Pryor. Moreover, Google’s substantial investment, one of the largest in our state’s history at more than $700 million, represents a major step in further diversifying our state’s economy and ensuring Oklahoma plays a large role in the ever-emerging tech industry.”

The Google data center in Mayes County currently employs more than 100 workers and houses computer systems and associated components that support services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, and new products including Google+.  Coming just six months after the grand opening, the new building will not only bring Google’s investment to more than $700 million, but will also result in the creation of up to 50 additional jobs in Mayes County.    “We’re thrilled to have Google, a proud U.S. company and one of the leading innovators in the world, renew its commitment to the state of Oklahoma,” Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez said. “We’re grateful to all of the Oklahoma partners who are helping accommodate Google’s growth in our great state.”

Google’s new building will eventually house servers and provide additional capacity for operations. It will also include a cafe equipped with both indoor and outdoor seating areas where breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served for Google’s round-the-clock workforce. In addition to a full-featured gym complete with shower facilities, the building will also provide office space and meeting areas.

“We are committed to strengthening our investment in Mayes County,” Google Data Center Operations Manager Mike Wooten said. “In addition to expanding our operational footprint, our new facilities will enable us to offer services to our employees that will improve their day-to-day work experience and contribute to their health and well-being.  We have an outstanding workforce in Pryor, and we are so appreciative of the exceptional reception we have received from the local community and the state of Oklahoma.  We are glad to be in Oklahoma.”

Google is supporting educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as many other projects in Mayes County through their community grants program. Google awards grants to nonprofits to promote technology literacy and innovation, renewable energy innovation, access to high-speed Internet and new economy entrepreneurship.

Google was recently recognized at the top of Fortune Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2012. In addition, the data center also received ISO 14001 and 18001 certification, which are standards for environmental management and workforce safety. Google is the first major Internet services company to gain external certification for their high environmental and workforce safety standards at all of their U.S. data centers.

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Governor Mary Fallin Statement on the Anniversary of the Murrah Building Bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement on the 17th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing:

“Seventeen years ago today, an unimaginable and shocking act of terrorism was perpetrated on Oklahoma City and on our nation. One-hundred and sixty eight lives were lost in that terrible attack, including 19 small children. The horror, the brutality and the evil of the Murrah bombing can never be overstated.

“It was an attack that could have easily crippled our city, and left our people hopeless. It did not. Instead, the people of Oklahoma banded together – with the help of volunteers and well-wishers from across the nation and even the world – to overcome. We worked together; we comforted one another; and we rebuilt. Today we are a more prosperous city and a stronger people.

“On this anniversary, I would ask that all Oklahomans as well as all Americans remember and pray for the victims of this terrible tragedy and their families. I would ask as well that we remember and honor the emergency responders and the countless volunteers who arrived on the scene and worked without rest or food to pull survivors from the rubble. Lastly, I would ask our citizens to join me in giving thanks to God for the strength of our community and the resiliency of our people, without which we could never have recovered from such a tragedy.”

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