Catawba County, N.C., relaunched its official website http://www.catawbacountync.gov/ in late June, and like many recently redesigned government websites the county is catering to the modern Web user by providing a mobile version.
The new version of Catawba County’s site, called “My Catawba County,” is now accessible on multiple mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, Androids and tablets.
“With technology like the smartphone and location-based services, information that was available on our website takes on a new dimension,” said county CIO Terry Bledsoe in a statement. “Users may find information in real time based on their location.”
Through the mobile version, users can locate places in the county such as parks, libraries and animal services. In addition, the site provides alerts from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, alerts on traffic accidents, job openings and through the “Who’s in Jail” feature, can access a list of county inmates recently incarcerated. The listing shows the inmate’s name, the date he or she was confined, the charge, bond amount, court date and other details about the inmate.
The county also made social media sites accessible through the mobile version so users can reach the county’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.
Catawba County’s announcement comes at the heels of some state governments making similar changes..
In May, Arkansas announced the relaunch of its official website Arkansas.gov to include mobile access and on June 23, Virginia made a similar move and launched a revamped version of its website Virginia.gov to include more social media features as well as a mobile site.