City website gets a facelift

Today Mayor Jerry Abramson unveiled improvements to the city’s website that his administration hopes will make it easier and faster for citizens to connect with Metro government services.

The changes include an improved way to search the city’s site using the popular Google search engine, and offer options ranging from animal licensing, to garbage pickup and getting a police accident report. The web design is better organized than the previous version, and is now available in the seven most frequently spoken languages in Louisville.

“We have an award-winning city website that provides increasing opportunities for our citizens to get things done from their computer, whether it’s paying bills online, getting city permits, animal licenses or police reports,” Abramson said in a news release. “Having a strong website creates efficiency both for city government and our citizens, who can connect with us without having to leave home and travel to a city building.”

And thanks to the e-transparency ordinance, which was co-sponsored by Metro Council members, Ken Fleming, R-7, and Hal Heiner, R-19 in 2009, the city’s website also provides complete information about Metro government spending, in addition to employee salaries and a complete tracking of federal stimulus dollars throughout the Metro Louisville area.

Users can also see videos about city news and projects from MetroTV.

Other new improvements include an improved “Map It” feature that allows citizens to enter their address and find services and city government facilities in their area. A new “social media center” makes it easy for users to connect with the city through Facebook, Twitter and other digital media. And a mobile version of the city site for smart phones is also available at m.louisvilleky.gov.

5 Comments

  1. Zach
    Posted July 22, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    It’s a shame, but no surprise, that the outgoing Mayor Abramson’s image is all over this site, necessitating tax payers to shell out for a new site in just a few months when he’s out office.

  2. Steve Magruder
    Posted July 22, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Image replacement is a very simple task, and would cost very little.

    I like to hit Abramson on substantive issues, but this isn’t one of them.

  3. Jim
    Posted July 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    But it is an issue and Zach is correct…he’s using his position as mayor to spread his mug shot around in anticipation of his run for Lt. Governor…it may be easy to do but I resent paying a portion for his campaign…

  4. Steve Magruder
    Posted July 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    No, you’re not correct.

    Like it or not, this awful mayor is still the mayor of Louisville Metro, and as such, the placement of his “mug” is 100% appropriate.

  5. Phillip M. Bailey
    Posted July 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Jim,

    I do believe whoever the next mayor will be is likely to replace Abramson’s face on the website ASAP.

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