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File #: 16-282    Version: 1
Type: Informational Report Status: Filed
File created: 9/16/2016 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/26/2016 Final action: 9/26/2016
Title: Community-Focused Website Redesign Ward(s): All Wards Councilor(s): All Councilors Neighborhood(s): All Neighborhoods
Attachments: 1. Community Centric Website Redesign Presentation
Related files: 17-13

TO:                      Mayor and City Council   

THROUGH:                      Steve Powers, City Manager   

FROM:                      Krishna Namburi, IT Department Director/CIO






Community-Focused Website Redesign


Ward(s): All Wards    

Councilor(s): All Councilors    

Neighborhood(s):  All Neighborhoods    





Information and update on the status of the current effort to create a community-focused

City of Salem's website.





Information only.





The City of Salem is undertaking a project to build a web presence that is more user-friendly and community-focused in its content and navigation. The work will use existing staff and software resources. To build this community-focused site in a way that best connects people to the issues they care about and resources they need, the City is incorporating community member input into the design of the website's content, functions, site structure, and overall look and feel of the new web presence.




Based on an assessment of best practice and award-winning websites, staff have built a framework for the new website. Work is underway to develop new written and visual content. The intent is to create an up-to-date web environment that is easy to browse with many paths to reach the information of interest using simple, intuitive, and interactive icons and images to help the website visitor find the information they are seeking.


Next Steps:

Staff are working to rewrite content and put it into the new structure. Staff anticipate making the new website available to interested community members through a "soft launch," in which both the new and the existing website will be available to web visitors as early as spring 2017.




1. Community Centric Website Redesign Presentation