LITTLETON, CO—February 19, 2014 - One year after launching a new city website, developed in partnership with the online government experts at Vision Internet, Littleton, Colo. today reported a surge in online community engagement, mobile access and international visitors. The website littletongov.org has been visited by people from 166 different countries and accessed more than 140,400 times on mobile devices in the past 12 months.
"Vision Internet's site design truly captures the unique personality of Littleton," said Kelli Narde, Littleton's director of communications and marketing. "We received a lot of positive feedback from the community about the new site and the ease in which citizens can find the information they need, and that's really important to us. Also impressive is that the posting of information has been decentralized with Vision's content management system. More than a dozen employees now post to the site, which is a huge plus because it takes a considerable burden off of our Webmaster."
At the core of Vision Internet's advanced website functionality is visionCMS™, the company's innovative government content management system, which allows non-technical staff to add, edit and delete website content while providing the management tools necessary to maintain control, consistency and quality.
The content management system allowed Littleton Webmaster Cathy Weaver to trim the number of pages on the city's website from 1800 to just over 600 pages. Vision Internet's advanced technology also met one of her top criteria -- an adaptable design provided by visionMobile™, which dynamically configures the website for mobile devices.
Credit for the City's online transformation starts with the members of Littleton's City Council, who recognized the key role a strong website would play in helping the City meet its ambitious goals and objectives, particularly its ability to foster community involvement, communication and trust.
"Littleton's forward-thinking city government does so much more than simply post information to their website," said Ashley Fruechting, Vision Internet's director of strategic initiatives. "They engage citizens, provide information that builds trust, and deliver information when, where and in whatever format citizens want it. They have embraced Vision Internet's advanced technology and interactive capabilities to create an open government portal that provides two-way communication with residents."
A new feature on the City's homepage is a link to "Open Littleton," which invites citizens to share ideas, voice their opinions and be part of the discussion about a wide range of issues facing the community. In less than three weeks, more than 160 citizens have joined in the ongoing discussion of Littleton's moratorium on the retail sale of adult-use marijuana. Additional Open Littleton topics, which are being added weekly, include the approval of accessory dwelling units and discussion of a roundabout at one of the City's intersections.
"Littleton is connecting with people in more ways than ever before," said Narde. "We have people from all over the world coming to our site to see Cupola Cam's view of our city. We're proud to have a site that offers so much to so many."
Among the site's other popular features are the Map Gallery, social media links and a Project Activity List that allows citizens to follow every development project going on in Littleton.
Earlier this month, the Littleton website earned international recognition for outstanding digital communication with a gold award in the 2014 AVA Digital Awards competition. The competition recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication.
For more information about Vision Internet's transformative government website technology, call 888-263-8847 or visit http://www.visioninternet.com/inforequest.
About Vision Internet
Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., Vision Internet is a national leader in government website development with more than 500 government, non-profit and education clients in U.S. and Canadian communities with populations that range from less than 1,000 residents to more than 5 million. The company creates cost-effective solutions that increase government efficiency, transparency and interactive communications with citizens. Over the past 18 years, the company has earned hundreds of prestigious awards for its unique websites, including numerous 3CMA Savvy Awards. In 2013, Vision Internet launched visionCMS™, a powerful, easy to use content management system developed with feedback from hundreds of municipal clients. For more information visit www.visioninternet.com.
SOURCE: Vision Internet