County launches new website following user feedback, contest kicks off

The County of Grande Prairie launched its newly redesigned website recently, intended to be more mobile-friendly and easier to navigate, according to county communications.

The website serves as “a digital one-stop-shop for information about county programs, services and initiatives,” according to county communications.

“Council approved the development of a new external website for the County of Grande Prairie to better meet the evolving needs of residents and the public,” said Allison Richels, county communications advisor.

“The new website (will) ensure visitors to the site will have the best experience possible when engaging with the county online.”

The previous version of the website was created in 2012 and a survey on a new design was open in January and February, she said.

The survey drew a response from 90 people and an additional 10 participated in focus groups in March and April, Richels said.

The focus groups discussed what the website should offer and how it should be organized.

She said the feedback given had an influence in “every stage of the website development.”

Users can continue to give feedback by scrolling to the bottom of the page at www.countygp.ab.ca, where “Website Feedback” can be clicked.

To celebrate the website launch, the county is holding a ’Tis the Season contest now until noon Dec. 14 on the website.

Residents of the county and the towns and village within it, the City of Grande Prairie and Greenview can enter by subscribing for events calendar updates and filling out their contact information.

Four vouchers worth $100 will be awarded to those whose names are drawn, and Richels said these gift cards can be used at any business that accepts credit cards.

Community groups can also enter by submitting an event to the county calendar, with two vouchers worth $150 available.

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