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City unveils new website

Posted: Sunday, Aug 7th, 2011


The City of Brookings this week unveiled its redesigned website. Officials say the revamped site is more user-friendly .


The City of Brookings has unveiled a newly redesigned website, www.cityofbrookings .org.

Developed in partnership with CivicPlus, the new website offers a bold new design and up-to-date information, according to city officials . The goal is to improve citizen engagement , said City Clerk Shari Thornes in a press release Tuesday.

"This is another step in having an open government which also showcases our community ," Mayor Tim Reed added. "Our goal for the new website was to create a userfriendly , timely, personally engaging and functional website. I feel we have " surpassed our goal."

The new Brookings branding is prominently featured throughout the site.

Features of the remodeled website include:

Email and text-message subscription for job, bid, meeting and emergency notices

A message page where citizens can report concerns online

A date-driven calendar to display important events and meetings

Interactive online forms

Automatic integration through Facebook and Twitter

A central location to store and display agendas and minutes

Clickable and interactive maps

Interactive functionality through CivicPlus Government Content Management System (GCMS)

Online streaming video

City Manager Jeff Weldon said Brookings leaders want citizens to have everything at their fingertips.

"Our new site is going to be more than just a staff directory," Weldon said. "Citizens will be able to find the answers to their questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, citizens may sign up for updates via email or text, report concerns and view issues " important to them."

Officials developed the new information/communication portal in partnership with CivicPlus, the nation's leader in the development, design and management of local government websites.

Brookings area residents can visit the new website at www.cityofbrookings.org to learn more about the site, its resources and functions.

Last month, the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce also launched its redesigned website. The site now offers significantly more information than previous versions.

It caters to both visitors and residents alike with community event information and business directories as well relocation information.

Visit the website at BrookingsChamber.org.

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