The city of Lincoln plans to launch a new website Monday, its first major overhaul in a decade.
The new website, with its modern look and warm colors, will stand in contrast with the city’s current site, which is dominated by text. A moving ticker at the top will provide breaking news.
“We needed to take a step back to see how residents and businesses could more easily access the information that was on there,” said Jill Thompson, public information officer.
Behind the scenes, the new system allows city staff to more easily update the site by giving each department access to its respective section. Residents can now add event information to the city’s calendar without having to call up Thompson.
Larry and Nancy Whitaker of Sun City Lincoln Hills, along with Thompson, spent 18 months to build the system from scratch. Larry Whitaker, 72, who once ran software companies in the Bay Area, volunteered for the endeavor at the request of then-Mayor Stan Nader.
The predominant problem with the old site was that the websites for the various city entities “didn’t play together,” Larry Whitaker said.
“If you went to the library’s site, you would have a hard time realizing it was the city of Lincoln’s; same with the airport,” he said.
With the new website, officials hope the city will be better positioned to serve residents and attract new businesses. “Instead of four or five clicks to get something, we wanted to make it much easier,” Thompson said.
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