Commission Gives Green Light to Website Overhaul
You might call it: Extreme Makeover…Website Edition!
August 15, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) - After months of research, focus groups and feedback from the public, the West Palm Beach City Commission has given the go ahead to update, improve and expand the city’s website.
The project began months ago during a city strategic planning retreat held at Gaines Park. During the session, city leaders listed and prioritized various needs across the city.
A complete overhaul of the city website was pushed towards the top of the list.
“We’ve spent the last several months meeting with residents, business leaders, web experts, and city staff to ask the question: how can we improve the website,” said Chris Roog, Executive Assistant to Mayor Jeri Muoio and the project leader. “We have three goals. The first is to make the site more mobile friendly. The second to better integrate our site with various social media platforms. Third, we want to be able to take the mountains of city data and information and make it both easy to access and open to the public to use.”
A panel of industry experts has been put together to work on the project. They include Monte Lambert with Forte Interactive, Jennifer Hampton with Superior Virtual, local entrepreneur Nick Mohnacky, Aaron Wormus of HedgeCo, Lenny Gomez of SM Digital Partners as well as several members of the city’s technology staff.
Among the improvements that are planned are making it easier to navigate the site and find information, making all city web pages have the same look and feel, and making the site more functional for mobile users.
There is no timetable for when the public will see the changes, but work is expected to move forward quickly. The next step is to begin to develop a plan of attack, and figure out what work needs to be done first.