Tupelo launches new website

TUPELO – The city unveiled its new website Thursday after a six-month effort to revamp its outdated online presence.
The new site also has a new address: tupeloms.gov. And it features a more user-friendly interface with the latest municipal information and quick access to the mayor, City Council and various departments.
“To be a great, progressive city, Tupelo needed to do a lot of work on its website,” said Mayor Jack Reed Jr. at a press conference to officially launch the new site.
Designed by Mabus Agency, the new site replaces Tupelo’s previous online effort – a basic platform that had been created in 1995 and which had undergone few fundamental changes since then.
“It’s a complex system,” said Josh Mabus, explaining the new website that he designed with input from city representatives and coordinated by Communications Director Annabeth Wyatt. “It’s actually 14 websites running independently and together.”
Each department has its own site linked from the main portal, and employees within the departments can update their pages daily with new information.
Lesley Rakestraw with the Development Services Department will oversee his department’s online updates.
“My first post is that our one-stop office on the first floor is moving to the third floor,” he said. “That’s an example of the kind of news we’ll be able to share.”
Online visitors also can click one of 12 action buttons allowing them to pay utility bills or traffic tickets online, find out what ward they live in, view the city budget or see municipal job openings.
Photos, videos and links to social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter also are available.
The project cost about $7,500.
“It’s the first day but not the only day,” Reed said. “We’ll keep looking at ways to upgrade and change the site. We’re committed to being part of the present and the future.”

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Tupelo online
The city’s new website is tupeloms.gov.

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