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AI- 5461   3. I.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 07/23/2014  
Website Development
Submitted By: Mike Biddle, Information Technology
Department: Information Technology  

Information
RECOMMENDATION
Authorize execution of the agreement with Vision Internet under GSA schedule for the development of the website to include the redesign of the website, and include new features and capabilities.
BACKGROUND
The Nueces County website was implemented in 2000, and has approximately 300 web pages.  This includes information on county departments, such as contact information, hours of operation, agendas, video streaming of meetings, meeting history, information for court cases, notifications, public information, voter and election information, as well as a number of other topics. The original website was developed using HTML 4.0 which has been replaced by a number of newer programming methods.
DISCUSSION
The current website does not provide adequate security for individuals browsing the site. The website uses outdated programming languages which can be accessed by hackers, and corporations that retrieve documents and web pages for their own use and databases. It also uses outdated programming tools and languages which do not provide a browsing experience that minimizes the mouse clicks necessary to access information. The newer programming tools provide more security and ease of access to sub menus within the site. These provide the capability to automatically display links using mouse-over techniques, and facilitate the process of navigating to the appropriate pages. The new design methods also provide the ability to display images and graphics that help describe the organizational highlights and points of interest to the viewer. Areas of interest might include such things as, county parks, court dockets, elections, how to contact elected officials, meeting schedules, and events.

The redesign and development of the current website will enhance the browsing experience for individuals, and allow information to be accessed quickly and easily. This will also enhance the overall security of the website to help prevent unauthorized users accessing or updating website information. This will also update the programming language and tools to current standards, and will facilitate the revision and updating of web pages.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available: $295,000
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
1:
Fund Transfers
Source of Funds: 2007 CO's Amount Requested: $91,508.78 Fiscal Year: FY13/14 Budgeted Y/N: Y
Fiscal Impact:
Website System Upgrade
Project #19178005

Attachments
Vision Internet Agreement

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