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(Image is Clickable Link) The city's new website, which went online Tuesday, offers a more interactive approach to local government. '(The old website) didn't tell the city's story,' said Assistant City Manager Liz Newton.Residents logging onto the city’s website this week have likely noticed something different.


On Tuesday, the city unveiled its new website, offering a sleeker design, and more mobile-friendly option for people using smartphones or tablets to peruse the city’s website.

Liz Newton, Tigard’s assistant city manager said that while the old website was functional for paying bills or accessing public documents, it didn’t do a good job of describing what Tigard is all about.

“It was ‘Just the facts,’” she said. “It didn’t tell the city’s story.”

The new website hopes to change that.

Residents can still pay bills, reserve shelters at city parks and obtain business licenses, Newton said, but they can also see more about their community.

“Take downtown, for example,” Newton said. “We’re looking to focus on downtown as a place to go and a place to be, rather than just a list of city projects. We will be rotating between different businesses that have taken advantage of our facade improvement grants and other things and use that to tell the downtown’s story to people.”

The city began working on the new website a year ago, Newton said.

“The web site will also make it easier for residents, businesses and others to connect with City Hall and keep up to date with information on social media and channels they prefer.”

It will also be the home of the city’s newsletter, Cityscape, which went electronic last year.

Last year, the city adopted a goal to make itself the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest. Part of that plan is to make the city more “interconnected,” Newton said.

That could mean more sidewalks and trails, but it also means giving more residents access to city services when they need them.

Newton said that the new website makes it easier for residents to access city services from home, school, work, or anywhere in between.

“One of the biggest reasons (for the new website) was that the old one wasn’t mobile friendly,” Newton said. “Most people nowadays are looking at things on smart phones or tablets. That was a major thing to make sure that we had that functionality.