SOUTH BEND -- Mayor Pete Buttigieg unveiled South Bend's redesigned website last week with city employees and members of locally based Force 5 Media.
The effort to make www.southbendin.gov more user friendly is part of a larger, long-term initiative to enhance technology and efficiency throughout city government. It's also a promotional tool for the city.
"We want the citizens of South Bend to have a new and improved experience on the website, whether it's paying the monthly utility bill or finding something fun to do," Buttigieg said in a statement.
"The site will speak to a number of different audiences," he said. "It will reintroduce our residents to the community and its benefits and also promote resources for business growth, student living, government services and people who want to visit our community."
The website highlights city government's major departments and offers quick access to forms and other information. It also provides links to local attractions.
The site redesign is another step in Buttigieg's goal to improve technology in his administration.
Earlier this year, the city transitioned to Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, phones for better quality. The city also is in the process of switching to Microsoft Outlook e-mail and scheduling software -- the first system overhaul since the city started using e-mail.
Additionally, the city is working on developing a 3-1-1 customer service line to expedite residents' calls to various departments, address problems and relay important information.