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Local Community Web Sites: Getting Connected Tanesha Hixon, Office of Technology Partnerships Michigan Department of Information Technology This will only hurt for a moment! Creating & maintaining a Web site is a lot like getting a shot…
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Local Community Web Sites:Getting Connected Tanesha Hixon, Office of Technology Partnerships Michigan Department of Information Technology
This will only hurt for a moment! Creating & maintaining a Web site is a lot like getting a shot… • It’s much less painful than you think (and less expensive) • And it will pay dividends for years to come!
Why the Web? Web sites are contributing to better government: • Allowing programs and services to be offered in a more dynamic and interactive way • Providing a 24x7 opportunity for citizen participation • Reaching more members of the communities • Furnishing a venue for new programs • Improving trust in government and reputation among constituents
But, don’t take my word for it! Listen to what your counterparts are saying… Still not convinced?
Quotes SlideContacting locals….. • “ ” • XYZ Township • “ ” • Village of Kent City • “ ” • City of XYZ Still not convinced?
Improving Productivity & Reducing Cost Adding a Web site for your community will: • Reduce paperwork • Reduce phone calls • Avoid mailings • Help residents help themselves! • Lead to lower administrative costs • Increase time available for critical tasks
Enhancing Economic Development • Increase tourism with online marketing • Promote your local and historical attractions! • Attract new businesses and residents • Make your community visible to potential new residents and businesses looking to relocate!
Improving Resident Service • Increase convenience and speed in obtaining information or services • Residents can get current meeting minutes in just seconds! • Access to accurate, up-to-date information • 24x7 access to government services • Residents can access information on their own time! • Utilization of e-government services, saving annual trips to the local government office • Residents can obtain and submit forms and permits online! What goes on the Web?
Meeting minutes Contact information Services Forms & permits Events FAQ’s Department listings Newsletters You control the content: Showcase your most pertinent news Web-based programs are also well received…
Web-based applicationsOnline…not in line! • Property tax data • Online payment of property taxes • Permit portal for obtain and submitting permits So, how does all of this work?…
Ways to get started MDIT free programs!: Work with a local university • MDIT is partnering with locals, universities, the Michigan Township Association and the Michigan Municipal League • Over 71 sites have already been created! Use the local government development template • Allows you to customize the template when convenient • Comes with detailed “how to” guide • Contact us for an electronic copy today! Contact a web development company: • Will develop and maintain your website for you • Help is only a phone call away! • Customized look and feel We can help!
Contacts & Questions MDIT Office of Technology Partnerships • George Boersma, Directorboersmag@michigan.gov(517) 335-1507 • Tanesha Hixonhixont@michigan.gov(517)373-9502