County Website—Content Development & Notifications

Last month, wcounty logoe shared that the County of Venango has launched a new website at www.co.venango.pa.us.  This month, we sat down with Bill Kresinski, MIS Director and the employee at the heart of the project. Bill manages the County’s IT services, which includes website management.

After consideration of several vendors, Civic Plus was chosen, noted for their specialization on municipal websites.  Work on the site started in the Fall of 2017 and proceeded on schedule. A total content management system, the new website brings central control to the MIS department, which insures brand consistency, accuracy of content, and security of control.

Bill shares that Civic Plus offers customers a multitude of modules, many that are already being utilized and others that will be as content is added.

Content development is perhaps the biggest challenge of any new website and it is no different with the County’s new site, as departments are charged with adding and updates information. The advantage is that across departments, knowledge of various services is vast.  There will be continued opportunities to make more information available and more accessible. The new site is mobile device friendly and includes a future mobile app, that will offer quick links to most popular features.

While not yet used, Bill anticipates a valuable feature will be “alerts” that will notify residents of urgent information. Users can subscribe to specific notifications, including these alert or updated postings and files added, such as departments adding meeting minutes, newsletters, job postings, and vendor opportunities.

We will continue to share information about the website and benefits to those who use it.  If you see information that needs updated of have feedback to provide, you can contact Bill Kresinski at bkresinski@co.venango.pa.us.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s October 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.