by Jordan Green

City of Greensboro looks to bloggers for help with website

The city of Greensboro has chosen California based Vision Internet Providers to redesign its website at a cost of $160,000. Chryste Hofer, deputy director of the city’s information technology department, told Assistant City Manager Denise Turner in a Jan. 26 memo that the city has engaged the public for ideas on how to redesign the website through Twitter, and plans to “establish a focus group with bloggers and other business leaders in the com munity.”

Greensboro bloggers have famously assailed the city’s handling former Chief David Wray’s resignation and even complained about receiving corrupted files in e-mailed press releases from the city. One Greensboro blogger approves the project, at least so far. Ed Cone writes on Monday: “The city of Greensboro appears to have used a more rigorous selection process for its website vendor than did the county of Guilford. A contract is in place. Public input was solicited and more is expected.”