Morris, Minnesota, is a small prairie town with big-city culture. It is surrounded by some of the richest agricultural lands in the country, home to the largest dairy milking operation in Minnesota, beef feedlots and swine producers, manufacturing, and healthcare industries.
Morris is home to the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM), part of the University of Minnesota system. The campus is ranked as a “Top 10 Public Liberal Arts College.”
The City of Morris had not made significant changes to its website since 2007, so the design was dated. In addition, the existing website was not mobile-friendly, and there wasn’t a good way of communicating events or community happenings to website visitors.
There were several forms available for download as PDF or Word Documents on the city’s website, but there was no way to submit those forms via the website. Instead, they would have to be printed and filled out manually and then returned to the City office.
The biggest weakness identified by city council members and the staff was the lack of and ease of communication with City of Morris residents. As a result, they wanted a redesigned website that would act as a communication and resource hub for residents.
We reorganized the site entirely. The new design has a spot on the home page for quick announcements and an area for the latest news for residents. In addition, rather than staff needing to contact our support staff to update their website’s content, they could now update it themselves, adding job postings, community announcements, etc.
We added a Mega Menu so that specific individuals can access specific pages within the site that are just for them. For example, the police chief can make updates to the police department page.
The City of Morris now has a redesigned website that would act as a communication and resource hub for residents. Morris residents can visit the city’s website and easily find information about trash collection, recycling, city ordinances, snow emergencies and parking policies, events, and much more. This information is easily accessible on smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.