State's private sector digital services partner of 20 years honored in 2017 awards program.
Arkansas Information Consortium, LLC (AIC), the state's official provider of digital government services, was recently named one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Arkansas. This annual program, now in its fifth year, was created by Arkansas Business and Best Companies Group.
The Best Places to Work in Arkansas survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Arkansas that are benefitting the state's economy, workforce, and businesses. The 2017 list is made up of 36 companies, including AIC.
"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the best employers in the state, and it's especially meaningful as we're celebrating our 20th year in business," AIC General Manager Bob Sanders said. "One of AIC's founding principles is to be the best place our employees have ever worked. We take that seriously because we believe happy employees are motivated to produce high-quality work and to provide great customer service. This award validates the investment we've made into strengthening our culture and taking care of our team."
AIC is better known to its Arkansas government partners as the Information Network of Arkansas (INA)—the Governor-appointed board that oversees AIC's contract with the state. Since AIC was awarded its first eGovernment services contract with the state in 1997, the Little Rock-based subsidiary of NIC Inc. has developed more than 850 Arkansas government websites and payment processing applications, grown from four to 38 employees, and created dozens of new technology jobs in Arkansas.
- To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity
- Be a publicly or privately held business
- Have a facility in Arkansas
- Have at least 15 employees in Arkansas
- Be in business a minimum of one year.
Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Arkansas. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. This part of the process was worth 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth 75 percent of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Arkansas, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.
The overall winner and rankings will be revealed at a special event on Sept. 20, 2017, and all winners will be published in a special supplement of Arkansas Business on Sept. 25, 2017.
For more information on the Best Places to Work in Arkansas program, visit www.bestplacestoworkar.com.