There’s a running debate in America over private enterprise vs. public service, especially during election years. Fact is, government and business are a lot alike. Both must make the most of limited resources and take care of their customers.
At tdg, we get that. We’ve helped government agencies in Illinois and South Dakota build websites that effectively communicate and engage with stakeholders.
Merely making information available online just doesn’t cut it. Not anymore. Logical organization, responsive design, two-way communication and up-to-date, search-engine-friendly content are just as important to government as to an online retailer or vacation resort.
One secret to tdg’s success in building municipal websites is that we understand that not all government clients are the same. Cookie cutters are great if you’re baking cookies. Not so great if you’re creating an online bridge the public and the agencies that serve them.
Rapid City Website
Rapid City, South Dakota, is a diverse city of 73,000. There are scores of commissions, committees, task forces and groups, each with their own agenda (literally). Videos of City Council and Planning Commission meetings are online. Tourism is important, and Rapid City’s municipal airport is a big part of that industry. tdg created and executed a sweeping website, rcgov.org, that makes it easy for citizens to find what they need -- and for city officials to keep citizens up to date.
Rochelle Municipal Utilities
Rochelle, IL, owns its municipal electric utility. We created a separate site, rmu.net, where residents can start service, pay a bill, learn about energy conservation or sign up for text alerts when power is down.
Rapid City Downtown Master Plan
When Rapid City began creating a comprehensive plan for its downtown area, public involvement was essential. The city and its consultant hired tdg to create rcdowntownplan.com, a microsite that updated the public on upcoming meetings, survey results, plan components and other aspects of the project - as it progressed.
Whiteside County Health Department
Whiteside County IL Health Department needed a no-frills website where stakeholders could find the address of a community health clinic, apply for a job, adopt a dog or learn more about the county’s available services. tdg created whitesidehealth.org, a site that meets those needs. No bells. No whistles.