The City of Colorado Springs has launched its new Web site, complete with a new set of tools designed to improve online services.
The site is ADA-compliant and is easier for visitors to navigate. Some of the new tools include:
* A search field powered by Google to help visitors find exactly what they are looking for.
* A service-oriented I Want To link on the homepage that helps visitors navigate to specific city services. For example, I Want To … apply for a building permit, apply for a city job, contact city officials, report a code enforcement issue or graffiti complaint, pay for an easy park pass or view airport flight information.
* A Frequently Asked Questions link on the homepage for quick access to the most common questions and answers about city government
* Multiple ways to navigate the site to help visitors find the information they need, whether they search by activity or department. For example, a visitor looking for fun things to do in Colorado Springs may click on the Play link on the homepage. There they will find information on Pikes Peak America’s Mountain, parks and trails, Police Athletic League, historic walking tours and more, even though these activities are in different city departments.
* SpringsGov.com membership for visitors to receive city updates via e-mail.
* An improved city calendar with links to meeting agendas, maps, and the ability to setup e-mail reminders for events.
This is the first time the city has updated the Content Management System for the Web site since 2001. The city’s Web site is visited an average of 150,000 times per day.
The upgrades have been a work in progress for the past two years and the $60,000 project was paid for with grant money.