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New city Web site launched for Harrisburg

BY JOHN D. HOMAN, THE SOUTHERN
Saturday, November 15, 2008 10:35 PM CST
HARRISBURG - Saline County residents who are interested in Harrisburg city news and events can now access the city's new Web site, www.thecityofharrisburgil.com.

Created by Terance Henry and Christian Badiu with Southern Illinois Small Business Solutions in Marion, residents can go online and check out the city council agenda or learn of citywide cleanup dates and information related to the Christmas lighted parade.

Henry and Badiu built Marion's new city Web site and are in communication with Metropolis and Herrin, as well.

"Mayor (Valerie) Mitchell contacted me in September and told me she had seen Marion's new Web site and wanted us to set up something similar for Harrisburg," Henry said.

An updated Web site chock full of information about the flooding fallout from last spring, for example, could have come in handy for local residents.

"I'd like to think that the new city Web site will not only give Harrisburg a more modern look, but also save the city some money," Henry said. "Mobile home permits can now be printed out online from home by residents, which will save the city in printing costs. We're also going to be creating a Web site for the Harrisburg police and fire departments."

Mitchell said she loves the new Web site.

"I'm a newspaper reader, but am also an avid Internet surfer and this site brings Harrisburg into the 21st century," she said. "I think our site is an excellent way to showcase our city to people all over the world. If we are lucky enough to have Illinois Department of Transportation workers move to Harrisburg, folks from the Springfield area can see what we have to offer here in Harrisburg. I'm really excited about it. It's been done very professionally and is updated quickly."

Mitchell said she is convinced that in the months and years ahead, residents will access the new site with great regularity. Since October, there have already been 2,000 hits.

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