County uses mobile website to become more transparent

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield County featured detailed information on all of its departments on www.Chesterfield.Gov

But all of that information is too difficult to pull up on the small screen of a smart phone. So after approval from the board of supervisors last year, and about $12,000 in funding, a handful of county employees created a condensed version that can be accessed through a smart phone's web browser

"News and events, accident and traffic information," said Ted Maxwell Chesterfield County Director of Application Services. He showed us how the mobile website works as he thumbed through it on his smart phone. "The landfill information, which is always popular."

The look on your cell phone is simple, compared to the county's flashy website you see on your computer screen.

"They can get to their government anywhere, from any place, any time," said Maxwell.

You can search for county employees, find the nearest library, and access information for police, the sheriff's office and animal control.

"The feedback that we've gotten, we're very active in soliciting feedback, is very positive," Maxwell said.

He also said the county is a pioneer in the digital frontier. "We're planning on continuing to add content to that website."

Next on the list is highly sought-after real estate data. Maxwell said that information is researched by both businesses and residents.

"They're big advocates for it. They're big advocates for us. And as a result, we're delivering better information to our citizens," he said.

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