Steamboat Springs The yampavalley.info Web site has received national kudos for its community involvement.
The Web site, which had input from more than 300 volunteers and 185 organizations, was given the Award of Excellence in Citizen Participation category by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association at the Savvy Awards.
The Web site was ranked third among city populations between 10,000 and 90,000 and chosen out of the more than 700 applications.
A blend of a Yampa Valley history book, activity guide, community phone book, service listing and information booth on everything from the government community plan to the county fair, the Web site draws on organizations for information.
The Web site has 24 center managers who focus on areas of the community from agriculture to economy and business to weather.
The three-year project to create the Web site required that volunteers train organizations on how to build and maintain Web sites and gave organizations such as the Tread of Pioneers Museum, the assisted living center at The Haven and the Animal Assistance League a Web presence.
"So many people were involved and worked to make it happen," Project Coordinator Tammie Delaney said. "It is recognition for the huge community (effort) in the last two years."
The Savvy Award competition is sponsored by the communications and marketing association and the National League of Cities and recognizes outstanding local government achievements in communications, public sector marketing and citizen-government relationships.
Judges called the Web site a one-stop information source created for and by citizens.
"The development of this Web site can be likened to an electronic barn-raising in that it involved a long list of participating volunteers and contributors from all parts of the region. The result is an outstanding community resource with a strong sense of ownership and pride in its development and ongoing success," the judges wrote in their summary.
The Orton Family Foundation, Land Information Access Association and the city formed a partnership in 2001 to create a community resource center.
On Nov. 6, the Orton Family Foundation, the city of Steamboat Springs, Bud Werner Memorial Library and other organizations will host a Community Celebration to showcase the award and present the Best of yampavalley.info Awards, which will recognize organizations for their work on the Web site.