The City of Vernon introduced its new website today following approval by Council at the regular open meeting on December 14. The site is designed with a focus on improved communication, ease of navigation, functionality and City branding. The launch follows six months of design work and consultation.
Council first approved the website redevelopment project in September 2014, which included a budget of $125,000, and in April 2015. Proponents Upanup Design Studios from Victoria, B.C., were awarded the contract in July 2015. Council approved the design for the website in September 2015. The final cost of the website is expected to be under $100,000.
The redeveloped website brings two major services provided by the City—Economic Development and Greater Vernon Recreation—under the same umbrella. These functions were previously represented by separate websites. They have been incorporated into the main site to help residents, visitors and business investors more easily find the information they are needing. Linkages to Vernon Tourism have also been enhanced. The site also incorporates the new Activate Life brand and uses numerous attractive, high-quality images of Vernon from Heath Fletcher and Jeff Bassett from Sproing Creative.
There are several new features on the website, including interactive maps, image gallery and improved search functions. Users can also subscribe to receive City updates including notice of upcoming meetings, career opportunities and news releases.