The Mayor’s Office today announced the launch of bachsoffice.com “as an easy way for citizens to stay informed of the Mayor’s priorities and initiatives as well as provide input,” according to a press release.
The new website, which will be updated frequently, will include messages from Mayor Steve Bach.
It will also include news releases, calendar events, photos and other information.
“Citizens will also be able to learn about and get involved with various initiatives being launched by the Mayor, including Spirit of the Springs and Solution Teams,” the press release states.
“I am committed to ongoing dialogue with citizens,” Bach said in a statement. “This website will allow me to share my ideas and priorities with you, so together we can work toward solutions that make Colorado Springs an even better community to call home.”
So, why didn’t the mayor just use springsgov.com to keep citizens informed?
“Springsgov.com is a very large web site with thousands of pages of content,” city spokeswoman Mary Scott said in an email.
“Having a separate, targeted website allows for the streamlining of information specific to the Mayor’s top priorities and initiatives. There was also a need to have a very simple-to-use platform so that a number of users could be providing content with very minimal training. Unfortunately the admin side of springsgov.com can be difficult to navigate,” he said.
The cost of the new website was $3500, which Scott said was a 50 percent discount from the normal fees the company, Infront Webworks, would normally charge.
“Now that it is up and running, City staff will be updating the content,” she said.