City Website Earns Top National Honors
updated: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
The National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) has awarded the City of St. Louis Park two of its top website honors for municipalities with a population below 50,000 people.
The 2012 Pinnacle Awards recognized the content, organization, design, function, accessibility, standards, interactivity and team size responsible for the website. St. Louis Park’s website, www.stlouispark.org
, under the direction of Technology and Web Coordinator Jason Huber, received the Sponsors’ Award and Member’s Choice Award.
Over the past several weeks, all NAGW members had the opportunity to vote for their favorite website as part of the Member’s Choice Award. This award carries its own significance as it is the praise from all of Huber’s peers nationwide distinguishing St. Louis Park's site as the best of the best.
“I was honored to be recognized by my peers from government agencies around the country,” Huber said. “NAGW is a group of incredible people working hard to keep up with the public’s expectations for a modern-day website, and if feels good to have their support for the direction we’ve taken our website.”
The Sponsors’ Award recognized the website among all competitors that had the least amount of errors, (broken links, spelling mistakes, etc.), confirmed the site met accessibility standards, and scored high for its search engine optimization.
The city’s website offers such features as online agenda packets, crime statistic mapping, online permit applications, live streaming video and video archives.
The site was redesigned early this summer with a crisp, simplified design that offers easy-to-use features and enhanced navigation, but it is also optimized for mobile viewing on iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile devices. The city completed the redesign using only internal staff.
“Our mobile version of the site is helping us connect with more citizens than ever before,” Huber said. “Utilizing the latest advances in technology provides our residents faster knowledge of current happenings within the City of St. Louis Park.”