A Fresh Look and Responsive Design for New Town Website

Posted On Monday November 12, 2018
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Glen Davies, CAO, Mayor Paisley Donaldson, Mayor Elect Paul Kelly
NEWS RELEASE
November 12, 2018
 
A Fresh Look and Responsive Design for New Town Website
Building Connections, Connectivity and Improving Access to Information
 
Gravenhurst, ON - The Town of Gravenhurst is excited to announce the launch of its brand new website today www.gravenhurst.ca. The site aims to deliver improved customer focused service, additional accessibility options and mobile friendly features.
 
“Council is committed to maintaining good communications with the community, I’m excited about where we’re going with our new website and it’s enhanced features,” said Mayor Elect Paul Kelly.  “We’re confident that this new upgrade and responsive design will provide an even better user experience to those visiting us Online, who are looking to find out more information about the Town and its various services,” said Glen Davies, Chief Administrative Officer. “Our website remains one of our most important communications tools and we want to ensure it is best serving the needs of the community and visitors alike by keeping up with the most current technology,” Davies added. 
 
While the most important new feature of the upgrade includes a mobile adaptiveness and responsive design, the site also does a better job at integrating social media, it is Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliant, helps users find information they’re looking for faster, and will eventually include more e-Commerce capability. “We recognize that people are looking for more convenience and this site will allow us to integrate more of those features in the near future,” said Jason Harnett, communications specialist and project lead.  
 
Within the new website, users will also find three micro-sites that share plenty of helpful information about the Fire Department, Gravenhurst Opera House and Gravenhurst Public Library. “We have a great staff support group who are dedicated to this project and have worked hard to ensure that content is relevant, informative and easy to understand, based on community input we received,” said Harnett. “This group will continue to make sure our website remains timely and informative. We look forward to receiving ongoing feedback from the community,” he added.
 
The community is encouraged to explore the new site, become a subscriber to one of the many information feeds, find out what’s happening in the community calendar, report a problem, learn more about Council and upcoming meetings and agendas and so much more.  
 
“We’re also very fortunate to be able to feature so many great images of our Town within the site which helps promote tourism and showcases all of the amazing aspects and special events that happen in Gravenhurst throughout the year,” said Harnett.
 
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For media inquiries, please contact:
 
Jason Harnett
Communications Specialist
705-795-5257