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April 19, 2005

Labor & Industries on short list for top international honor for web sites

Tumwater — The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for web sites, has nominated the Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) web site, www.LNI.wa.gov, as a finalist for Best Insurance Web Site of 2005. Winners will be announced May 3 and honored at the 9th Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 6.

L&I redesigned its web site last year to make it easier for employers and workers to use. Since then, the site has attracted 600,000 visits a month, about twice as many as before redesign.

Hailed as the "Online Oscars" by the New York Times, Webby Award winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. The 9th Annual Webby Awards received over 4,000 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.webbyawards.com.

”For the past three years we’ve been 100-percent focused on making L&I’s web site useful and easy to use for customers,” said L&I Communications Director Kim Contris. “Being nominated for a Webby award says we’re on the right track.”

Earlier this year, L&I’s web site received regional and international awards from the Society for Technical Communications. Last year the site was honored by the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds.

As a nominee for a Webby Award, www.LNI.wa.gov is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. The public can vote through April 29 at pv.webbyawards.com.

L&I’s web site serves employers, workers and health care providers. The agency provides insurance coverage for workers who suffer job-related injuries and illness, helps employers meet safety and health standards, and protects consumers by licensing contractors, electricians, and plumbers.

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For media information: Renee Guillierie 360-902-5410 or guir235@lni.wa.gov.

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The state Department of Labor & Industries' web site is a finalist for a “Webby”— that’s an international award for outstanding web sites. L&I redesigned its web site last year to make it easier for employers, workers and consumers to use. Since then, the site has been attracting about 600,000 visits a month, about twice as many as before the redesign.

More than 4,000 web sites from over 40 countries entered the competition. Winners will be announced May 3.


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