Website trends come and go, but some old-school best practices endure well past their expiration dates, and age just about as well as your middle school mullet.
When the weather turns cold, people start thinking about the holidays, and also about how the season will impact their daily lives. Local government offices start getting questions like “Will my trash service be changed because of Thanksgiving?” and “What can I do with all the leaves collecting in my yard?”
Municipalities across North America share a common goal to increase community engagement, but their understanding of what that means and how to achieve it are less clear. Let’s define engagement as involving citizens in decision-making processes to build policies that benefit the community.
The polls are closed, the votes tallied and the speeches done. The 2016 General Election was a dramatic experience for many, and for local government leaders it was no exception. With all eyes on the polls, many municipalities used a variety of digital channels to support their citizens’ efforts, ensuring residents had everything they needed before, during and after the voting process.
You may know it’s time to overhaul your website, but how do you lay the foundation for improvements – even before a redesign project is approved? At Vision we work with agencies every day that are striving to build the best website experience possible to their residents. After so many opportunities to partner with agencies in this position we’ve gotten a good idea of how to lay the ground work for a successful project.
If you manage or contribute to your local government website, chances are you have a good idea of what isn’t working. The site may be hard to update. It might have thousands of outdated pages.
We would like to congratulate our customer, Roswell, Georgia, for winning a Pinnacle Award at the National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas last week.
MONEY Magazine announced their Best Places to Live in America list this week and 11 Vision customers were named in the top 50 cities.
The Fourth of July is a busy holiday in cities and counties throughout the United States, and many localities are using their websites to announce local firework shows or other holiday events, provide safety tips and remind residents that the government offices are closed on Monday.
An effective local government website serves, represents and delights its visitors. Counties face a unique challenge delivering on these goals because they tend to be large, decentralized and less-visible to their residents than their local city or town. So how do counties establish themselves online and provide real value to their residents? They start by understanding their citizens.