By MATT KOESTERS
Clark County’s website is in the midst of an overhaul.
The website, now www.clarkcountyconnect.net, transitioned to a new address and a new format on Monday. Gone is the familiar tan background, in favor of a new white site with more graphic elements. Most of the old content is still there, but new components have been added, with more still to come, said Leah Farris, who was contracted by the county for the redesign.
“Basically, we were looking to make the website a lot more user-friendly,” Farris said. “I talked to a lot of the various department heads and have been working closely with Commissioner [Rick] Stephenson on some ideas for making it a little more transparent as far as easy access, access to information, things like that.”
The point of the redesign is two-fold: to improve the county government’s dialogue with its residents and to increase transparency, Stephenson said.
“We just wanted to open it up totally and give it a new look, a new feel, open up all of the claims for review, and all of the vendor lists are going to be on there also so everybody can know exactly where the money’s going,” Stephenson said. “There’s just a lot more interaction with the new links, Facebook and [Twitter].”
The county now has a presence on both social-media websites, and the county’s website has widgets that show the latest updates on each. County officials say the addition of social media will make it easier to interact with taxpayers.
“It’s an easier way for us to keep a pulse of what the actual residents of Clark County are thinking and what they’re talking about,” Stephenson said. “That lets us know what we need to address and any issues that might be a problem.”
“It’s so critical,” Farris said. “People do read the paper, but there’s a whole other element of people that access everything online, even newspaper readers. We think it’s important to be a lot more proactive about putting information out there and making it accessible to people through various means.”
Officials are still seeking feedback for more changes to the site. Interact by contacting the county’s page on Facebook, Clark County Indiana, or on Twitter @ClarkCountyIN.
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