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City’s new website creeps closer
by Joshua H. Silavent
Feb 15, 2011 | 1847 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Graphic/KPS|3 - The city of Sparks has commissioned a new website, which is still under construction, to better convey the “It’s Happening Here” theme.
Courtesy Graphic/KPS|3 - The city of Sparks has commissioned a new website, which is still under construction, to better convey the “It’s Happening Here” theme.
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SPARKS — The city’s Tourism and Marketing Committee (TourMark) received a status report Monday on the continuing redesign of the city’s website, with developers saying they are about 70 percent complete and expect to meet the launch deadline of March 31.

Strategic phases of the redesign, which began last year, have been finalized, and a live version of the new site map can be viewed at www.cosdevelopment.com.

The front page and its links exude the look and feel of what is to come but remain void of any content at this time.

Populating the new site with content and data requires transferring all material from the current website, which will stay in use until the launch date arrives.

City spokesperson Adam Mayberry said this process can be time-consuming, taking upward of one month, and that he hopes to recruit volunteers to help with the task.

In addition, developers said configuring the new site’s messaging system and finishing a much-ballyhooed widget, which will allow users to locate, connect with and learn about local restaurants, hotels, events, shopping centers and nightlife scenes in the city, are the most significant pieces left to be put in place.

The current site model became outdated in recent years and, as reported in the Sparks Tribune in November, broken links, inconsistent and obsolete information, a non-user-friendly design and access issues highlight its troubling deficiencies.

Officials and developers believe the redesign will contribute to greater openness, transparency and connectivity between government and citizens.

As part of a broader image and branding overhaul, which includes a new Sparks logo and motto, the City Council contracted Reno-based KPS|3 Marketing to redesign the site last July at a cost of $44,500.
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