Arkansas.gov Recovery Project Application Applies GPS to Find Users and Locate Projects Near Them
Arkansas.gov, the official Web site of the state of Arkansas, announced today the release of the free “Arkansas.gov Recovery Project Search” application, available immediately through the Apple iTunes Store. Arkansas is the first state government in the nation to develop and release an iPhone application with the ability to search projects funded with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds.
The Arkansas.Gov application can be used with the iPhone or iPod Touch and is available for download at www.recovery.arkansas.gov/iphone.
Features of the Arkansas.Gov iPhone application include:
· Keyword Lookup – Quickly find projects by keyword search. Displays project name and description information including location, total dollar allocation, project start date, total expenditure to date and the ability to track the project in a saved list.
· Location Lookup – Easily search by county or city name to see projects in your area. Displays project information and also allows tracking for later retrieval.
· Near Me – Uses iPhone GPS Location Services to find where you are and retrieve projects in the city and county you are currently located.
“We are very pleased to offer another way for Arkansans to find projects receiving funding in their community. This continues our support of Governor Mike Beebe’s transparency directive for Recovery stimulus funds in Arkansas,” said Chris Masingill, State Recovery Office.
“One of our goals with state technology efforts is to ensure we are easily accessible for all Arkansans. Through mobile technology, information will now be available on demand from your smart phone,” said Claire Bailey, Arkansas’s Chief Technology Officer.
The Arkansas.Gov application makes it easy to locate ARRA projects funded in Arkansas through a simple search interface, topical browsing or using the iPhone’s GPS location services for projects funded in your community. The iPhone application is the newest addition to the www.Recovery.Arkansas.Gov Web site that also supports a mobile version and online mapping interface for viewing ARRA project information. The new iPhone application provides yet another gateway for citizens to interact with government.
Arkansas.gov is the official Web site of the state of Arkansas (http://www.Arkansas.gov) and a service of the Information Network of Arkansas. The Information Network of Arkansas is a collaborative effort between the state of Arkansas and Arkansas Information Consortium that helps state government entities Web-enable their information services. The Arkansas Information Consortium is a Little Rock-based subsidiary of the eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV).
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