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Local Community Web Sites: Getting Connected. Tanesha Hixon, Office of Technology Partnerships Michigan Department of Information Technology. This will only hurt for a moment!. Creating & maintaining a Web site is a lot like getting a shot…

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local community web sites getting connected

Local Community Web Sites:Getting Connected

Tanesha Hixon, Office of Technology Partnerships

Michigan Department of Information Technology

this will only hurt for a moment
This will only hurt for a moment!

Creating & maintaining a Web site is a lot like getting a shot…

  • It’s much less painful than you think (and less expensive)
  • And it will pay dividends for years to come!
why the web
Why the Web?

Web sites are contributing to better government:

  • Allowing programs and services to be offered in a more dynamic and interactive way
  • Providing a 24x7 opportunity for citizen participation
  • Reaching more members of the communities
  • Furnishing a venue for new programs
  • Improving trust in government and reputation among constituents
but don t take my word for it
But, don’t take my word for it!

Listen to what your counterparts are saying…

Still not convinced?

quotes slide contacting locals
Quotes SlideContacting locals…..
  • “ ”
        • XYZ Township
  • “ ”
        • Village of Kent City
  • “ ”
        • City of XYZ

Still not convinced?

improving productivity reducing cost
Improving Productivity & Reducing Cost

Adding a Web site for your community will:

  • Reduce paperwork
  • Reduce phone calls
  • Avoid mailings
  • Help residents help themselves!
  • Lead to lower administrative costs
  • Increase time available for critical tasks
enhancing economic development
Enhancing Economic Development
  • Increase tourism with online marketing
    • Promote your local and historical attractions!
  • Attract new businesses and residents
    • Make your community visible to potential new residents and businesses looking to relocate!
improving resident service
Improving Resident Service
  • Increase convenience and speed in obtaining information or services
    • Residents can get current meeting minutes in just seconds!
  • Access to accurate, up-to-date information
  • 24x7 access to government services
    • Residents can access information on their own time!
  • Utilization of e-government services, saving annual trips to the local government office
    • Residents can obtain and submit forms and permits online!

What goes on the Web?

you control the content showcase your most pertinent news
Meeting minutes

Contact information


Forms & permits



Department listings


You control the content: Showcase your most pertinent news

Web-based programs are also well received…

web based applications online not in line
Web-based applicationsOnline…not in line!
  • Property tax data
  • Online payment of property taxes
  • Permit portal for obtain and submitting permits

So, how does all of this work?…

ways to get started
Ways to get started

MDIT free programs!:

Work with a local university

  • MDIT is partnering with locals, universities, the Michigan Township Association and the Michigan Municipal League
  • Over 71 sites have already been created!

Use the local government development template

  • Allows you to customize the template when convenient
  • Comes with detailed “how to” guide
  • Contact us for an electronic copy today!

Contact a web development company:

  • Will develop and maintain your website for you
    • Help is only a phone call away!
  • Customized look and feel

We can help!

contacts questions
Contacts & Questions

MDIT Office of Technology Partnerships

  • George Boersma, Directorboersmag@michigan.gov(517) 335-1507
  • Tanesha Hixonhixont@michigan.gov(517)373-9502