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Lightner, Chamber of Commerce Push City Website Upgrade

City Councilmember Sherri Lightner is spearheading a push by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to bring the City of San Diego’s website into the 21st century.

Lightner, chair of the council’s Economic Development & Strategies Committee, put out a release yesterday to coincide with a Committee meeting in which the Chamber gave a presentation on “best website practices” from other municipalities such as New York City.

“We need to bring city services and information directly to the people. In this day and age, there is no reason anyone should have to make a special trip to City Hall just to fill out some paperwork,” says Lightner, noting that many city business forms are available on the web only in PDF format that requires them to be printed and mailed, faxed, or delivered in person.

Her stated goal is to make all city forms, permit applications, licensing forms and fee payments available in an interactive, automated web format.

“The City’s current website is costing local businesses time and money, and preventing them from doing what they need to do to grow and create jobs,” concludes Paul Webster, the Chamber’s vice president of public policy.

Some city departments, including Economic Growth Services, Economic Development and the Office of the Treasurer presented plans at the meeting for upgrading web functionality within their individual areas of authority.

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City Councilmember Sherri Lightner is spearheading a push by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to bring the City of San Diego’s website into the 21st century.

Lightner, chair of the council’s Economic Development & Strategies Committee, put out a release yesterday to coincide with a Committee meeting in which the Chamber gave a presentation on “best website practices” from other municipalities such as New York City.

“We need to bring city services and information directly to the people. In this day and age, there is no reason anyone should have to make a special trip to City Hall just to fill out some paperwork,” says Lightner, noting that many city business forms are available on the web only in PDF format that requires them to be printed and mailed, faxed, or delivered in person.

Her stated goal is to make all city forms, permit applications, licensing forms and fee payments available in an interactive, automated web format.

“The City’s current website is costing local businesses time and money, and preventing them from doing what they need to do to grow and create jobs,” concludes Paul Webster, the Chamber’s vice president of public policy.

Some city departments, including Economic Growth Services, Economic Development and the Office of the Treasurer presented plans at the meeting for upgrading web functionality within their individual areas of authority.

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