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In the News: Lacombe launches new municipal website

By Brice Roy LACOMBE GLOBE -- It was out with the old and in with the new in more ways than one during the first meeting of the recently elected Lacombe city council. Not only was Mayor Steve Christie and the six councilors sworn into office, but the city also officially launched its new website.

After a soft launch the week prior to test the site, city staff officially unveiled the new, more user friendly website during the Oct. 28 council meeting.

“I very pleased to launch the City of Lacombe’s new website tonight,” said Norma McQuarrie, CAO City of Lacombe. “This truly has been the combination of lots of hard work, creativity, and planning on the part of our IT staff and Vision Internet the consultant we hired to assist us.”

Several months ago, city staff and the consultant began the process of designing a new more interactive and easier to navigate website.

“Our old site served us well, but it was dated and in need of an overhaul,” said McQuarrie. “The new site incorporates a striking design, intuitive navigation, advanced features, easier to access information and features, and it’s an online hub that can be viewed by most current web browsers unlike the old site. The homepage was designed for immediate connectivity. It includes everything from popular search menus and calendar feed to direct social media and networking links. In the event of an emergency, such as a severe weather warning, we can immediately post notices to the website.”

But wait there’s more.

In the near future, the City of Lacombe will also bring a second site online to help staff communicate. The city is also exploring the ability to accept payments online.

“Among the new features is the ability for staff to build customized pages rather than using a set style, we also have more interactivity with users,” said McQuarrie. “An internal website for staff will also be brought online shortly which will allow staff to communicate with each other. We will also have the ability to process online payments.”

The new council was for the most part receptive to the new site, especially the navigation. “One of the biggest things I found about the old site was that people always had a hard time finding the information they were looking for,” said Coun. Wayne Rempel. “I picked three or four topics that I thought might be of interest to the residents, such as cats, dogs, and garbage. It’s amazing the number of links that came up on the site to take me right to it.”

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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 17 years, the company has earned hundreds of prestigious awards for its unique websites. Vision Internet recently launched visionCMS™, a powerful, easy to use content management system developed with feedback from hundreds of municipal clients.

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