CITY HALL -- The City of Topeka’s website has been named one of the top city government sites on the web by Juggle.com, an online encyclopedia and reference resource.
According to Juggle’s website, the award selection process included a thorough review of websites that feature excellent design, tools, and information. Some of the criteria used to select top sites included:
Use of aesthetically pleasing design;
Inclusion of helpful resources including maps, videos, photo galleries and toolbars;
Inclusion of interactive features like service request forms and online bill payments;
Availability of complimentary mobile phone applications;
Transparency and easy access to data and statistics; and
Social media integration with networks like Facebook and Twitter.
It was also noted that selected sites are “…forging a new way for governments to become better connected to its citizens.”
The City of Topeka’s website underwent a major redesign in 2009 and was made available to the public in August of that year. Enhancements include additions of various avenues for finding pertinent information, including a section called “I want to … “ which allows easy access to such things as paying utility bills online and information about applying for building permits. The site also features a “City Services A to Z Directory” and a streaming feature for viewing City4 television. Facebook and Twitter were also added in 2009.
An interview on the award featuring City web-designer Justin Birdsong, can be found on the City’s website, www.topeka.org, under the icon “Top Website, Government, Juggle Awards.”