ASHLAND — The city website's new look, designed by Project A, premiered Thursday. The changes can be seen at www.ashland.or.us.
"It was time to update it and give it a face lift," said Ann Seltzer, management analyst for the city of Ashland.
Project A, Inc, is a private web design firm with offices in Ashland and Medford.
Two of the new features of the website will include a "Hot Topics" page and a "Ashland 24/7" page. "Hot Topics" will focus on information about city projects and issues.
The "Ashland 24/7" is being organized to include the constant services that are available to residents online such as utility payments, registration for recreational programs and permit applications, among others.
"Those tools like being able to pay your bill online have always existed," said Seltzer. "We wanted to get all of those tools that people use and are available 24/7 in one place."
The content on the pages already existed on the former website, according to Seltzer, but now they will be more user-friendly to those who visit. Though she did not know the typical visitor count for the site, Seltzer noted that it has more than 4,000 subscribers.
The new pages are being added to existing features on the website such as public access to agendas, meeting minutes, news, calendars, employment opportunities and city services.