Collier County government wins national award for website transparency

Collier County government’s website,, has been named a Sunny Award winner by Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency. The award honors the most transparent government websites in America.

The county’s website scored an A- grade for 2013. Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 1,000 qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. Editors looked at content readily available to the public such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, public records and taxes. Only 12 of the 67 counties in Florida received a Sunny Award, according to news release.

“The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority. The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people,” said Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review. “We would like to congratulate Collier County for being a champion for transparency and serving as a leader to every state and local government around the nation.”

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