Bradford County’s Website and Newsletter Garner Awards
The Bradford County Commissioners’ Office was honored to receive the 2011 Newsletter of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, during the 125th Annual County Commissioners’ Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) Conference held in Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Aug. 15 to 17. The newsletter award was presented for outstanding communication efforts in assuring the messages of county government are known and understood. Commissioner Mark Smith and chief clerk Michelle Shedden accepted the award on behalf of Bradford County.
The monthly newsletter is an important part of the county’s efforts to increase open government through the internet. It has more than 2,000 regular subscribers, and current and past newsletters are available for download from the county’s website. Anyone can sign up to receive the county e-mail newsletter on the county’s website by logging on to www.bradfordcountypa.org.
Bradford County was also recognized as the first recipient of the new “Excellence in Websites Award.” The honor was implemented to acknowledge outstanding work by the counties in the development of efficient websites. Bradford County launched a new-and-improved website in February 2009 that represented a progressive move toward better communication and enhanced ways to conduct county business. The website features a wealth of information, including interactive maps, extensive information on services and how to obtain them, as well as a calendar of events and news section that features the latest happenings in the county. Graphics were designed for minimum load times, even at the lowest and slowest connection speeds. The website is focused on the user. The CCAP award supports the excellent job of consolidating large files for easy downloads. Smith commended CQ Services for the company’s diligence in the design and development of the website, and the commissioners recognized their important role in achieving the award.
CQ Services vice president Jodie Hilliker, in turn, noted that Smith worked very closely with her to build a website that stressed ease of navigation.