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City of Tampa Introduces Enhanced eGovernment Website

Stephanie Singer
April 18, 2001
Porter Novelli

Popular New Services Incorporated into City's Site Redesign

TAMPA, Fla. -- Today the City of Tampa unveiled its redesigned eCommerce website, www.Tampagov.com. The new site offers citizens and businesses a broad range of government information and timesaving services through a single, easy-to-navigate site. Florida Local Interactive, a subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV), assisted City staff with the site's redesign.

Graphically enhanced and reorganized to make conducting government business as easy as checking e-mail, the redesign introduces several frequently requested online services. Such applications include a convenient police reports service, which now allows constituents to search and request accident and incident reports directly from the City of Tampa Police Department over the Internet. A real-time webcast of the City's local cable station, CTTV Channel 15, was also launched recently. This service allows visitors to catch up on City news and issues while conducting government business online. In addition, the TampaGov site features current City government employment listings and offers a tax receipt search program for businesses.

"When it comes to riding the information superhighway, the City of Tampa has no intention of staying in the slow lane," said Mayor Dick A. Greco. "Tampa is providing online access to many vital city government services. We are continuing to add important online government services that make it easy for people to find what they're looking for, take care of business, and get on with their lives."

"Our goal was to design a website that captures the unique personality of Tampa and its citizens," said Mukesh Patel, president of Florida Local Interactive. "To support the new look and feel of the site, we developed a citizen-centric approach that puts the users in charge. We're helping citizens obtain the widest possible array of government information by combining key city, county, and state government services into a single easy- to-use website. The integrated TampaGov site will allow citizens and businesses to connect with government agencies with ease, wherever and whenever they want, 24 hours a day."

In the coming months, TampaGov will add new online services that allow citizens to pay parking tickets and utility bills, apply for and renew business licenses, apply for building permits, and reserve monthly parking spaces in city-owned lots and garages.