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City launches Reno.gov video contest with $1,000 prize



header-logo-4014794-3505430The city of Reno wants to know how you use the redesigned Reno.gov website. The city is challenging residents to enter a video contest that depicts how the site is useful to you and your family for getting information that helps with work, children, home life, recreational activities and other things in your life. The deadline to submit a video entry is April 1, 2014.

The city is encouraging residents to enter short entertaining videos through YouTube, Vine and Instagram.  Everyone will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite video from 10 finalists posted on the city of Reno’s Facebook page from April 3 to April 11. The winner of the $1,000 prize, which will be determined by the number of “likes,” will be announced at the April 16 Reno City Council Meeting. You can find out more about the contest and rules by going to http://reno.gov/get-involved/contest.

Deanna Gescheider, director of communications and community engagement, says “We hope a lot of people will take the time to submit their idea of a winning video. It is a great way to show citizen engagement, which is what we are striving to do with our newly designed website.”

The theme of this Reno.gov contest is “Reno is filled with characters and Reno.gov is built to serve them”. Visitors to the new website will see wonderful caricatures depicting different types of residents – people who can learn all kinds of information from how to get a permit to where to take a swim class to when there is an upcoming meeting on an issue important to them.

The city of Reno launched a redesigned website in support of the City Council’s priority to increase communication and community engagement in an effort to put Reno on the map as one of the most innovative and citizen-focused cities in the nation. This is the largest redesign to the city of Reno website in seven years.

There are a number of design features that positively alter both the look and usability of the website. The most obvious is an enhanced search feature located in the middle of the homepage. The purpose of this feature is to allow citizens to easily search and discover pages of interest directly from the homepage. To promote more communication between diverse populations in the city, the new Spanish translation feature allows for quick and easy translation of Reno.gov content.

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