The Town of Bluffton is launching a new website June 10 at 5 p.m. under the same domain, www.townofbluffton.sc.gov, designed to be more streamlined and deliver a more customized experience for residents.
“Our website team, led by Digital Communications Manager Lindsay Housaman and comprised of employees from each department, has been working for more than a year to ensure the new site has features and functionalities which provide a clear, concise experience of gathering and retrieving information,” Town Manager Marc Orlando, said. “While we hope people spend time getting to know the Town’s new website, we also understand when people want specific information, time is of essence.”
The new Town website will be launched Wednesday, June 10. The Town anticipates a seamless transition, however, as with any new technology changeover, there is the possibility of a brief period inoperability.
Orlando said before launching the website, the Town compiled a focus group of engaged citizens through the Don Ryan Center for Innovation to test the website and provide feedback. Additionally, the Town’s senior management team also provided feedback during the development process.
“Many of the focus group participants really appreciated the ability to customize the information which they receive from the Town such as calendar notifications, media releases and other alerts and commented how easy the new site is to navigate,” Orlando said. “On behalf of the Town, I am grateful for the leadership of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation and the members of this focus group for their assessments in this final review stage.”
The website, www.townofblufftonsc.gov, was redesigned by CivicPlus, a leading government website provider. This company has more than 4,000 governmental clients in the United States, Canada and Australia. Among those clients in our area are local municipalities such as the City of Beaufort, the Town of Port Royal, the Town of Yemassee, the City of Hardeeville and the City of Charleston.
“This newly-designed website implements components of the Town Council’s strategic plan and budget priorities to invest in technologies which enhance the Town’s transparency, citizen engagement opportunities and operation efficiencies with our residents,” Orlando said.
• Subscriptions: Many features within the website have a subscription option for citizens, allowing them to sign up for updates to the Town calendar, agendas and media releases.
• Agenda Center: The Agenda Centers offers a centralized location for all public meeting agendas.
• Calendar: Residents can sign up for calendar updates as well as submit public events for approval to be added to the Town Community Calendar such as festivals, community events and non-profit meetings.
• News Flash: Residents can view or sign up for media releases, Town announcements and news updates.
• Notify Me: the “Notify Me” feature enables residents to sign up for alerts and customize their experience.
Public Website Introduction and Tutorial:
The Town in partnership with the Don Ryan Center for Innovation is offering an overview introduction to the new website Thursday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. via Zoom. Residents can register for this free session by registering: https://tinyurl.com/DRCIZoom. Any questions, please contact Jessica Sferlazzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.540.0405.