State of Arkansas Wins Five International Awards for Excellence in Digital Government

Jan 29, 2020

By Rhiannon Botsford Barber

W³, Davey Awards bring State's 2019 award total to record 19

The State of Arkansas was honored by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) in its 14th annual W³ Awards and 15th annual Davey Awards., the state’s official website, received both a gold Davey award and a silver W³ award for excellence in government websites. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s website,, and the Department of Finance and Administration’s website also received a silver W³ award for excellence. The Department of Information System (DIS) received a silver W³ award for its video project, “Transforming Arkansas Government with Emerging Technology Platforms.” 

“It is noteworthy that the State of Arkansas is being recognized again for excellence in providing digital government content,” said Governor Hutchinson. “Since my first day in office in 2015, I’ve made computer science education a top priority of my administration. To help bolster this initiative, our state took the lead by demonstrating technological advancement in the delivery of services to our constituents. These awards are further proof that Arkansas is on the right path in the 21st century digital age.”

Both the W³ and Davey Awards are judged and overseen by the AIVA, a 700+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Entries are judged to evaluate distinction in creative work. In determining gold and silver winners, entries are judged on their merits based on a standard of excellence as determined by the AIVA, considering the category entered.

The W³ Awards celebrates digital excellence by honoring outstanding websites, web marketing, video, mobile sites and apps, and social content created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers and creators worldwide. The W³ Awards received over 5,000 entries from advertising agencies, PR firms, interactive agencies, in-house creative professionals, web designers, graphic designers and web enthusiasts. With nearly 3,000 entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small shops, firms and companies worldwide.  

The five awards bring the total award wins for the State of Arkansas in 2019 to a record high 19. The state was recognized for a total of 11 awards in 2018. 

RhiannonBotsford Barber

Written By Rhiannon Botsford Barber

Before joining INA as Marketing Manager in 2016, Rhiannon spent ten years as a crew member for four major television networks and several film companies, and incorporated her own company in 2010. A zealous outdoorsman, Rhiannon enjoys spending time hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping with her husband and daughter.


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