Revamped website waiting for Champaign council's OK

Revamped website waiting for Champaign council's OK

CHAMPAIGN – A new city website designed to be more helpful to residents and better represent the community to business prospects could go live on Wednesday morning.

The city council could give the green light to city administrators to launch the redesign during the council's regular meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

The new site takes advantage of evolving technology, said Information Technologies Director Fred Halenar. Documents – like meeting agendas, city council memos and other reports – will be more organized and easier to find, Halenar said.

The city has been building its online content database for more than a decade now, and some residents had been complaining that they could not find what they needed, Halenar said.

"We're getting a lot of content out there, so we had to look at ways to better organize that content so people can find what they're looking for," he said.

Aesthetically, the site will be more attractive, too.

The city paid a contractor more than $30,000 to redesign the website, a project city officials took on internally several years ago. But as technology evolves, you have to take advantage of it, Halenar said.

"There's just things that change over time that give you pause, give you reason to look at what you're doing," he said.

Officials are also hoping the site will make the city more attractive to business prospects. Like residents, business locators and visitors will each have a special tab targeting them and presenting information for them, Halenar said.

"It would hopefully make things easier to get to," he said.

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