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Discover GHD Digital's Best Designed Municipal Websites from 2021.
Are you looking to create a next-level web experience to address your citizens needs and expectations? Get inspired by our best designed websites that bring more accessibility and engagement to citizens. Here’s a roundup of the top ten GHD Digital websites in 2021.
City of Medicine Hat
City sets new benchmark for accessing citizen services
The City of Medicine Hat makes its next move into its digital evolution by investing in a new website and “myMH” citizen portal to improve their local government services with more engaging, accessible technology.
The robust, new website increases usability with a re-organized layout and navigable design so users can confidently find valuable information that is positioned front and centre for residents.
What makes this website standout is its integration to Citizen Portal. Created for any city, the Citizen Portal application allows citizens to personalize a dashboard of online city services to match their unique lifestyles so their property taxes, community events and even garbage schedules are available anytime and anywhere. Plus, calendar and news items displayed on the website are automatically populated into the portal, creating an integrated experience for residents.
The City of Kitchener
City forges a new way to connect with citizens
The City of Kitchener’s motivation to re-connect with citizens at a deeper, more interactive level inspired their desire for a new site and web application that took engagement and technology to new heights.
Using analytics to determine resident objectives and top searches, the City of Kitchener was able to design their website with a simple, yet dynamic homepage that provides quick access to their main services. With these changes, they have been able to reduce the time users take to find information, while also providing a more rich and visually stunning website.
“The MyKitchener website and portal will forever change the way citizens interact with the City.”
In addition to the city’s new site, their myKitchener customer service portal offers users the ability to curate a dashboard of online services that matter most to them.
College increases student engagement with online services
To increase its caliber in the education landscape, Lakeland College launched a new website that elevates its offerings to perspective students and increases student engagement with improved online services.
Their new website allows the college to interact meaningfully with its students and faculty using its accessible platform and digital engagement tools.
What makes it stand-out? The new feedback tool integrated into the website allows staff the opportunity to gather valuable feedback from students, helping them to support their future program decisions at the college.
In addition, the content management system for the site allows staff of all technical backgrounds to manage content updates confidently and efficiently for events, programs, news releases and more.
If you’re looking to start a business, the Caledon Business website gives ample reason to choose their town. With intuitive, quick-action buttons on the homepage and visually pleasing designs that highlight the areas of opportunity, new businesses can gather essential information to kick start their business operations with success.
What makes it really stand out is the available lands add-on, giving potential new businesses quick access to any listed properties so they can setup shop and start growing their business in Caledon.
With stunning natural beauty, the Whitecap Dakota First Nation embarked on the creation of a new website to better profile its natural beauty, while also increasing community engagement.
The Whitecap Dakota First Nation website’s noteworthy features that bring community closer together include a community calendar with advanced search capabilities and a news and alerts feature that allows users to subscribe and receive regular email notifications about community updates.
Driving investment in the Windsor-Essex Region with new online tools
To promote Windsor-Essex as a competitive location for both foreign and local investment, the new Invest Windsor Essex website was created, enabling easier access to data and information relevant to site selectors and local businesses for the purpose of investment, expansion and talent attraction.
The new Invest Windsor-Essex website beautifully profiles the opportunities that businesses can realize if they move to the region. From close proximity to the states, to a skilled labour force, the new website quickly profiles the key reasons attributes of the city.
What makes it stand out? The Site Selection and Data section quickly showcases what business need to know – from properties available, to economic trends and information on the workforce. This customizable, one-stop inventory showcases everything that Windsor-Essex has to offer and provides content rich areas to further explore and gives businesses a compelling reason to set up shop.
Halton Regional Police Service
The Halton Regional Police required a central location and an easy tool to provide the community with important information, news releases and updates. The new Halton Police website introduces a clean, well organized web design that delivers a simplified and pleasant user experience.
During an emergency, an alert banner helps citizens stay safe and informed during crisis situations. Also, staff can easily draft news items and post them to the website through the new Media Releases module.
The best part? Citizens can request officers for community events, traffic control, business security and more on the website. Available 24/7, the new Off Duty system enables HRPS to better serve their citizens’ needs at all times and reduces the administrative workload by 75%.
Situated on the picturesque Grand River in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Brantford desired to showcase its beauty and all that the City has to offer with a refreshed tourism website. The new Discover Brantford website brings improved design and functionality, while helping users digitally find the best places to stay, dine, adventure, or relax.
Tourism Brantford worked with GHD Digital on a website redevelopment project with an extremely tight timeline and many unique demands. They took the time to get to know our destination and our markets and was very careful to ensure that we were happy every step of the way.
Using high quality images that showcase Brantford’s natural magnificence and its unique attractions and events, the City designed an engaging, attractive, and attention-grabbing homepage with menus and verticals that reflect the organization’s brand and feel.
What makes it really standout is its Itinerary Ideas section. This area gives tourists a quick snapshot of activities they can try – from food to adventure – tourists can build a visit that is tailored to their needs.
With improved navigation, accessibility, information display, and emergency notifications, the new Tourism Northern Rockies website streamlines information delivery to residents, visitors, and future visitors. The website makes the cut for our top 10 due to its interactive Travel Guide where residents can search a specific area in the Regional Municipality, choose from a pre-set list of attractions, or just click on the map to quickly see what the area has to offer.
St. Marys Tourism
The new Town of St. Marys Tourism website is aimed at boosting tourism to the town, featuring an array of experiences to help visitors plan a simple evening to a full weekend getaway during any season.
From highlighting the top 10 attractions in the region to profiling exciting upcoming events, their website provides potential visitors with a compelling reason to visit the area.
What makes it stand out? Its business directory allows visitors to search for business – either by type or name – and allows them to add it to an itinerary, allowing them to plan the perfect escape.
While tourism promotion was slowed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it provided an opportunity to create the website that can be used to promote St. Marys. Everything from our trails to our waterways to events that we will hopefully be able to host again someday.