Thursday, September 22, 2011

Adams County to Launch New Website

Adams County will launch a new and improved website,, on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. The new site features innovative features and tools designed to help residents and visitors quickly locate the information and services they need.

"The website is our central hub of communications and this new site is an effective tool for keeping our citizens engaged and informed," said Chairman W. R. "Skip" Fischer. "It?s powerful, informative and most importantly, easy to use."

Designed by government website experts at CivicPlus, the website uses a Government Content Management System which allows employees to maintain every aspect of the site, from pages to online forms and news, to a searchable archive center.

"Employees and citizens alike will benefit from the enhanced capabilities of our new website," said Commissioner Alice J. Nichol. "It offers a great deal of resources and information that go well beyond a typical government website."

The new website will also incorporate "Open Adams," a comprehensive resource designed to improve transparency and accountability by giving citizens access to county contracts, policies, reform progress and other county updates. Open Adams is a major milestone of the seven-point reform plan the commissioners adopted in May 2011 to bring good and responsible government to Adams County. Focusing on continuous improvement, Open Adams provides a portal for the county to share its reform progress which includes the development of measurable performance standards, restructuring county operations and building a new vision and direction for the county?s future. Our goal is to offer financial information such as contracts, quarterly financial reports, sales tax reports, etc. to build on the county?s goal of transparency and good government.

"The launch of the new website and of Open Adams is a giant step forward for Adams County," said Commissioner Erik Hansen. "We are moving our website into the 21st Century, incorporating many of the technological advancements available to us to engage the community and connect citizens with their government."

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