#ELGL16 sponsors allow us to offer six pop up conferences at an affordable price. The conferences will be void of the typical vendor booths. Sponsors will be active participants. However, we want you to know about the services provided by each of our sponsors, so we asked each sponsor to provide 16 fun facts about their work. (16 for #ELGL16: Fun Facts about GovHR and ICMA) Here’s a complete list of #ELGL16 sponsors. Interested in sponsoring #ELGL16? Learn more here.
Vision has signed on a “Top of the Charts” sponsor which is the highest level for #ELGL16. ELGL is appreciative of the contributions that Vision has made to ELGL throughout the year. Ashley Fruechting, senior director of marketing, is an ELGL columnist and ELGL members are invited to attend Vision sponsored events throughout the year. This commitment to giving back to local government is what landed Vision top 10 spot in the ELGL Choice Awards.
Number 1: We make government available to residents 24/7.
Wouldn’t it be great if local governments could answer questions and serve their constituents every day of the year? Vision partners with municipalities to create effective websites built around resident needs, making this dream a reality.
Number 2: We simplify the resident experience.
Let’s face it, not all government processes are simple and intuitive. By leveraging User Experience (UX) principles, Vision helps agencies build websites that put the resident first, and make those challenging processes as intuitive as possible.
Number 3: We connect residents to government.
Not everyone can show up for every city council meeting or wait for a flyer to be posted at the local rec center. Vision’s social media-integrated content management system (CMS) makes it easy for residents to discover relevant information on municipal websites, as well as on social feeds.
Number 4: We help municipalities communicate better online.
Vision’s content strategy training helps local government write clearer, easier-to-understand content that simplifies and improves resident communications.
Number 5: We make government mobile.
Government offices can’t travel, but websites sure can. Vision’s CMS is designed to make local government mobile-friendly by using responsive web design, which ensures that websites work on every device. That way users don’t need a special app or big screen to access the information they need.
Number 6: We enable governments to react quickly during emergencies.
There are times when local governments need to get word out to residents fast. Vision’s CMS helps them communicate key information quickly, with emergency messaging modules that staff can immediately publish.
Number 7: We make government more accessible to residents.
In order to make websites usable to ALL residents, local government must focus on creating accessible content and functionality. Vision builds accessibility protocols right into the CMS and helps municipalities tailor their messages and user experience to the broadest possible audience.
Number 8: We help local governments be themselves.
The City of Reno, Nevada’s website should not look the same as the City of Yonkers, New York’s or the City of Provo, Utah’s. Vision helps communities bring out their unique character and ensure their website shows it to advantage.
Number 9: We help local governments leverage data to make decisions.
Often, local government agencies struggle to know how to organize all of the content that needs to be made available to the public online. Vision helps organizations make data-driven decisions by mining their analytics data and conducting other research so that their websites highlight what matters most to their residents.
Number 10: We make it easy for governments to get the word out.
In order to engage, residents need to see the official government website as a trusted, reliable place to get information about local events and news. Vision’s CMS helps make it easy for staff to create and publicize news items and events, as well as share them through social media.
Number 11: We help protect governments from unintended outages and security threats.
Local government websites will always be targets for troublemakers, so having an effective security infrastructure in place is key. Vision provides system redundancy through our disaster recovery solution and includes protection from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks as a standard feature for all of our hosted visionLiveTM customers.
Number 12: We help governments get transparent.
With all eyes on transparency, it helps to have a website that communicates clearly and surfaces key pieces of information. Vision supports local governments to become transparency leaders, enabling them to understand rules and regulations and create fast, effective pathways for residents to find the information they seek.
Number 13: We keep governments in the loop.
Launching a website is only the beginning. Vision partners with governments for the long haul, providing ongoing training, webinars and articles on how keep their websites at peak performance and relevance.
Number 14: We help governments publicize cool local features.
Residents visit local government websites to find out about events and amenities available to them. With interactive features like the Facility Directory Map, Vision helps cities showcase those unique offerings and make them easier for residents to discover.
Number 15: We help local government staff-members improve their engagement skills.
It can be challenging for small teams – or employees from other departments – to communicate effectively with residents. In addition to the many publications and webinars Vision presents to help, we offer specialized consulting to boost the entire organization’s communication skills.
Number 16: We automate things to save governments time.
Vision’s CMS simplifies the process of making updates and changes to the website, enabling even non-technical staff members to make edits. With the technology in place, staff members can focus on strategy and service, rather than painstaking updates.