New and improved city website in Danbury – for $64,000 plus annual fee

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DANBURY — The city plans to launch a new municipal website in the fall in an effort to make city government more accessible to residents.

The city hired Civic Plus, a national technology leader focused on designing, building and implementing government websites, to complete the website upgrade, according to a press release.

“From day one of my administration, one of my top priorities has been building a 21st century communications system for our city to effectively serve our residents,” Mayor Dean Esposito said in a statement.

According to the mayor’s director of communications, John Kleinhans, Danbury’s website is built on the WordPress platform, a free and open source content management system, adding that the city will pay Civic Plus $63,920 to launch the new website and nearly $24,200 in annual recurring service. costs.

Compared to the limited functionality offered by the Word Press site, which Kleinhans is responsible for managing, the new website will make it easier for residents to access agendas and minutes while adding the ability for the various departments to publish them. themselves information and manage their respective pages.

In his statement, the mayor said the work on the website was one of the areas where he had helped improve local government communications, including implementing a community-wide alert system. city ​​and opening a renovated emergency operations center, as well as launching a weekly video series, “This Week in the City, as a way to explain “the work and purpose of city government”.

The August 25 episode of the web series covered the launch of the new website, with Danbury’s CIO Frank Gentile explaining upgrades to the city’s cybersecurity framework.

“The new website design will be more transparent in the sense that departments will be better able to keep content up to date and residents will be able to access important city information much faster and it will be much more secure than the previous one. Gentile said in the video.

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