RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State

STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 20, 2003

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

THORNBURGH ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW
SECRETARY OF STATE WEB SITE

Topeka, KS – Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh announced today the launch of a new web site with improved search capabilities and a new look depicting Kansas landscapes. Customers can access the new site at www.kssos.org.


“Although the duties of the Secretary of State’s office are many and diverse, we work hard to provide great customer service to all of our customers,” Thornburgh said. “A journalist once described our office as ‘the least complicated, most accessible agency in state government.' That quote is our daily mission.”


“Emerging technology gives us new tools to provide better customer service that is simple and immediately accessible,” Thornburgh said. “We are excited to be active participants in the electronic government and business world, and we invite you to join us by transacting your government business in our new Web site.”


The new site was created to assist both every day users and those not familiar with the site or the functions of the agency. A Quicklinks box on the home page provides users with a list of common functions that they may access in order to go directly to the information they need. If users prefer, the left hand navigation allows them to go through the site quickly and efficiently or to take time and get to know us. On each page a search box is available that will search and return results in three ways. It returns a list of forms, related site content, and related information from a database of agency responsibilities.


In addition to improved search capabilities, the Web site offers a friendly place to do business. Each page will highlight depictions of rich Kansas landscapes. The improved search capabilities and re-design are a foundation for future endeavors to serve customers on the Internet.

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