November 19, 2002
City and County Officially Launch New Web Site
Charlotte, NC – The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County governments today officially launched their new Web site. CharMeck.org has been more than a year in the making and was created by a team of more than 300 City and County employees.
City Manager Pam Syfert and County Manager Harry Jones said the joint effort makes sense because the two government entities serve many of the same citizens. "This is just another way that we are working together to provide services for our customers, the taxpayers," said Syfert. "This project has been a textbook case for the benefits derived from working together to serve the citizens," said Jones.
The new site replaces the old joint City/County site that was created in the mid 90's. The new site's features are designed to make it more interactive, more user-friendly and to help the customer find information easier. One of the most significant changes to the site, aside from its new appearance, is how the information is arranged from a user's perspective:
Living in CharMeck contains information most often needed by citizens of Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, and the surrounding towns. Working in CharMeck has information on permits, ordinances and programs designed for those who do business with local government or those who are interested in the local business climate. Visiting CharMeck contains a profile of Mecklenburg County and its municipalities. It also has lists and links to local attractions and key services that would be of interest to visitors. Governing CharMeck features information related to all aspects of local government, elected officials, boards and commissions, voting districts, and local issues.
The new site also has a new calendar feature on each page called "Today in CharMeck." This link will take the user to a department or agency calendar -- if one is available -- or the to the City/County Master Event calendar which features everything from meetings and events to Government TV schedules and neighborhood activities.
"We realize how important the Internet has become in communicating with our citizens," said Syfert. "This new site is a continuing effort to provide the most current and timely information about our services to the public."
"It's an interactive site," Jones said. "You can do much of your business with government on-line without having to come down to see us. You'll be hearing much more about our E-Government effort in the months and years ahead."