New City Website in the Works

1 decade 8 months 2 weeks ago Monday, March 26 2007 Mar 26, 2007 Monday, March 26, 2007 9:33:16 PM CDT March 26, 2007 in News
Scott Christianson, the Chair of the Internet Citizens Advisory Group said, "Having this opportunity to launch the new website really gives a new looking feel; it gives ability to improve technologies that are used behind the scenes. It also gives us a great opportunity to get the word out about the website."

The main goal of the new site is to speed up the page loading time. But that's not the only thing that's different.

"I really believe that we're going to have some positive feedback on how the menu works because on the current site that's been, for some people, concerns that it's been harder for them to use the menu," said Sam Shelby, Columbia's E-Government Coordinator.

Visitors to the city's online home have increased each year, with the utility pages getting the most hits.

This is the second time the city has redrawn the website since it launched in 1998.

Columbia isn't the only city that has attracted its Internet-saavy residents to online city tools. Computer World ranked the best city websites for 2006. In large cities (populations 250,000 or greater), Fresno, CA, Tampa, FL, and New Orleans, LA, received a rating of A+.

In smaller cities (populations 50,001-250,000), Columbia earned an A and received 15 out of 17 points. You can find the complete rankings, including the best state and county websites, by clicking the link to the "Best City Websites" study. You can also find links to the best city websites around the country and compare other Missouri city websites, including those of Jefferson City, Kansas City, and St. Louis.

When Columbia's redesigned page launches, it'll still be at the same address, www.gocolumbiamo.com

The exact launch date will depend on city council reaction.

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