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La Vergne revamps city website using employee know-how

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The city of La Vergne has a new online look after launching a new web page design on Wednesday, March 7.

Last year, the city invited bids for the web redesign and four companies from across the U.S. responded with bids ranging from $60,000 to more than $100,000. Rather than paying this expense, city workers rebuilt the page internally using the Wordpress platform.

City news is the primary feature of the new page, but sections named About, Living In, Doing Business, Visiting, and Services meet the needs of individual users looking online. Other key features are a link to the live-stream of local access Channel 3 and an interactive calendar that has both meeting dates, events, activities, and photos from past events.

“One of the first steps taken by retail businesses when they consider locating to a city is to go online and research the area,” Mayor Senna Mosley said. “We knew that updating our original webpage was imperative so that La Vergne could project a business- and family-friendly image. We want to have an attractive, easy to use online presence for businesses, residents, and visitors.”

Links to the very active social networking Facebook and Twitter pages of La Vergne are also prominent. In addition to daily reminders about meetings and human interest news items, these sites notify the public about road closures or alert residents about emergency situations, including severe weather.

The new design also gives residents easy access to public records, ordinances that affect them, links to schools and healthcare, water billing forms and payment options, and historical information. Additionally, residents can now view meetings at their convenience through La Vergne37086, a YouTube channel. Along with meetings, which are being added each day, videos for special events are available there.

Visitors to the site will have access to area maps, including the city and neighborhoods. A special section featuring things to do has information about Percy Priest Lake, Poole Knobs Recreation Area, and Hurricane Creek, plus there are links to activities in Nashville, Rutherford County, Civil War history and family fun.

Business and industry will find demographic statistics and other economic development information. Elected officials, city departments, and municipal contacts can be easily found both in a drop-down menu and at the bottom of every page. Additionally, links to key services are on every page, such as police, library, the senior center, employment, and codes.

“There is so much to like about the new webpage that it’s hard to pick just one characteristic that stands out,” Mosley said. “Overall, the visual appeal is tremendous with a slide show of some of our best features, the easy to access calendar, and the sensible navigation throughout. And we did it using our own resources, our talented city employees.”

As a result of the new web design, announcements from the city will no longer be sent via email. Those interested in La Vergne news have several options:

• Visit the web page at www.lavergnetn.gov;

• Subscribe to the RSS feed;

• “Like” the city Facebook page; or

• Subscribe to the latest updates through mobile text through the city's Facebook page.
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