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City of Savannah receives Sunny Award for website

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The city of Savannah's website has received a national award for making government more open and transparent to its citizens. The Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, gave out the Sunny Award during Sunshine Week in March.

The city of Savannah completely redesigned the website in November 2012 with a strong focus on user experience. The website offers a broad range of tools to enhance citizen interaction, including an online form to request public records, as well as a crowd-sourcing tool for citizen driven initiatives and idea sharing.

The site provides easy access to an extensive video archive of city council meetings, a portal for bids and contracts, and a new online portal to apply and track the progress of building permits and inspections.

"I pledged to Council that the foundation of City operations would be based on trust, transparency and accountability," Acting City Manager Stephanie Cutter said. "This is a great example of how we are working collectively to reflect this message."

The editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more then 1,000 government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. The Sunny Awards announcement fell during the annual Sunshine Week from March 10 to March 16, which is nationally recognized by media and civic organizations.

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