Big changes are in store for the Franklin County web-site with a new design, improved usability and additional features under way.
Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart summed up why the upgrade is being done.
“As communication and a lot of day-to-day operations become more and more technology driven, it makes sense that county government should progress in this arena as well,” he said. “In the past few years, my office has received a lot of feedback about our Franklin County government website and we have had employees, elected officials, and citizens speak out to our Information Technology Committee and County Commission about their concerns that our county website needs to be updated.”
County officials acknowledge the concerns expressed and recognize the need to up-date the county’s technological capabilities.
The Franklin County Mayor’s office is working in conjunction with Local Government Corporation from Columbia to address those needs.
“With this knowledge and because our technology demands have outgrown our current situation, discussion and research began among our Information Technology Committee, IT Department, Finance Department and my office and the decision was made to move forward with Local Government Corpora-tion to maintain our e-mail server and website design and maintenance,” Stewart said.
Local Government Corporation specializes in providing computer services to government entities, and the Franklin County Finance Department and the Sheriff’s Department are current clients.
At a recent County Com-mission meeting, Finance Di-rector Andrea Smith said that her department has been very pleased with the work provided by Local Government Corporation.
“While Local Government Corporation will be handling our website and e-mail needs, our information technology director will manage Franklin County government’s internal network, technology equip-ment purchases and computer hardware and software main-tenance and protection,” he said.
Improvements coming to the new website include a community calendar and county meeting minutes.
“We are excited to offer a more interactive website for our community which will include a calendar of events, up-to-date announcements, contact information, minutes, and agendas in an organized, user-friendly design.” Stewart Said. “Our goal is to have the new website at www.franklincotn.us live by Feb. 28, 2014.”
County officials say the transition will clear up technology issues, including email problems that have plagued some county departments, and the new interactive design will better serve the public’s needs.