The City of Richmond has launched a much-improved website, which includes some social media and perhaps more useful to businesses, greater access to public documents and schedules.
To be sure, it would be hard to not improve upon the old site, which looked like it hadn’t been touched since 1995 and was nearly impossible to navigate.
This new one, which launched earlier this week and was developed in-house by the City, features rotating pictures of sights and events around town and features a new color scheme/theme.
There are seven new blogs: Announcements, City News, Community Development, Fire and Emergency Services, Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and Police and Public Utilities.
For business owners, there are several new features that could save time and find some interesting data.
You can check out vacant property as a registry here.
You can see colorful and crisp zoning maps. Here’s one for Manchester.
You can go through a checklist for starting a business, which has hyperlinks to other websites that are part of the process.
Builders can check the status of a permit; You cannot, however, apply for a permit online.
You can check on delinquent tax properties that the City plans on selling. This one doesn’t function fully yet, as you cannot click on the details of the address to see a picture of the property.
BizSense was unable to reach a spokesperson about how much the site cost, and how long it took to develop.
Aaron Kremer is the BizSense editor. Please send news tips to [email protected]