Press release:
sleeping baby productions Wins Third Place "Webster Public Service Award" at NH.com Internet Awards

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Gov. Jeanne Shaheen joined New Hampshire's Internet community Thursday night, March 14, to celebrate the Granite State Web sites that had earned the title "best" in 16 categories, including a "best of show."

My internet award!COAST Bus' designer, Jan A. Heirzler won in the Webster Public Service category, which is awarded to a nonprofit Web site that makes best use of the Internet for public service to the citizens of New Hampshire. Judges highlighted the clear organization of material on the page.

The Fourth Annual New Hampshire Internet Awards Gala, at CR Sparks in Bedford, was hosted by NH.com, the state's premier site for news, information and events, and sponsored by New Hampshire Community Technical College in Nashua, WMUR Channel 9, and WZID 94.5.

A highlight of the evening was Governor Shaheen's presentation of the N.H. Internet Usage Survey, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center for NH.com. The survey reveals much about how New Hampshire residents use the Internet, including the facts that almost four in five households own a computer and more than three quarters of the state's adults have Internet access.

The continuing growth and success of the Internet Awards is indicative of the strong, innovative character of New Hampshire's economy and workforce, commented NH.com's New Media manager, Kathy Schwartz.

"Each of the Web sites that were entered in this year's contest demonstrates that the state's business leaders understand that while a Web site is not an end unto itself, it is becoming an important part of every type of business endeavor," she said. "And New Hampshire has done a great job keeping up with, and even anticipating, these innovations."

Links to all of the Web sites entered in the Internet awards are posted on NH.com, along with the complete results of the Internet usage survey.

Beyond promoting the development of technology and communication in New Hampshire, the Internet Awards also benefits New Hampshire's children by providing, with the support of Keane, Inc., technology assistance to Girls, Inc. of New Hampshire, a nonprofit organization serving the state since 1954.

Launched in 1995, NH.com is New Hampshire's premier information source, providing visitors, residents and newcomers an easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to events, attractions, lodging, jobs, recreation and life in the Granite State. For more information about NH.com log onto its Web site at www.NH.com.