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An Online City Hall

As most of you know, I've been extremely focused on making sure that Long Beach transforms into a technology leader and hub for innovation. We have made an incredible amount of progress in the last few years. This includes launching the "Go Long Beach' Smartphone Application, increasing our social media presence, authoring an open government initiative, putting contracts online, launching free WiFi initiatives for our parks and libraries, and upgrading our technology throughout the city.

Last night, the City Council gave final contract approval, to a proposal we made a year ago - to launch a new city website that would replace our outdated and current site. The new, launching later this year, will feature the latest content management software, will provide additional city hall services including expanding our online payment system, neighborhood mapping, online permitting, social media integration, and much more.

Most importantly, it will make government more efficient, innovative and accessible to our residents. Our current website is antiquated and we need to provide more services for residents and businesses.

I'll keep everyone informed of the launch date.