BY THE NUMBERS
$328,000: Projected cost of redesigning city Web site
10,000: Pages of information that needs to be shifted onto the new site
6: Number of months before new “front page” could launch
The City Council voted 9-0 Tuesday night to wait a week before deciding whether to award a contract to redesign the city website.
Councilman Andraé McGary said the site was sprung on the council the same day they were to take a vote and he wanted some time to look over the proposal.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to digest it,” he said.
Chattanooga is looking at authorizing a contract with Maycreate LLC to help redesign the site at a cost of $328,000. The city would pay $128,000 for the first phase of the project and $200,000 for the second phase.
Brian May, founder and president of Maycreate LLC, told council members before committee meetings that he felt his company could design a user-friendly, interactive website.
“I have personally wanted to see the Chattanooga.gov website change for quite awhile,” he said.
Jana Lowery, application services manager for the city’s Department of Information Services, told council members the department hoped the front page of the city’s site could be up and running within six months.
She said the first step would be to redesign the front page. The second would be to update pages for each city department.
“We can go ahead and go forward with a new look without a huge cost on the front end,” she said.
May said later that if the council approves the contract, the company will meet with city representatives to craft the new look. He said there have been no designs yet.
“It’s a process,” he said.
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...
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