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Middlesex website earns A-plus rating

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex County government website was recently given an A-plus ranking for transparency in government by the Sunshine Review, a non-profit organization focused on promoting transparency in government.

At the May 7 board of supervisors meeting, county director of information/technology Kevin Gentry told supervisors, “When we set out to revamp the county’s website, we knew that simply making it aesthetically pleasing was not going to be enough. We knew that to truly serve the citizens of the county, we had to be sure to provide as much access to information as we could, in a way that was easy to navigate. We believe we’ve achieved much of that goal. However, we will continue to strive to improve the site as we add more content in the days and weeks to come.

“Middlesex County has worked diligently to keep up with the fast changing technology landscape,” continued Gentry. “To that end, we were one of the first counties to offer a mobile app for the Android platform. We also now have a presence on Facebook and are excited about the way in which social media can allow for community involvement and faster dissemination of information. All of these various services are a means to an end in which transparency in local government is the ultimate goal.

Board chairman Carlton Revere thanked Gentry and Glenn Nix, the E911 and Geographical Information Services Coordinator for an excellent job of revising and upgrading the county’s website.

“We are very proud of the way the website looks now,” said Revere. “It has become one of the best governmental websites in the state.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 05.22.2013

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