Frisco and Breckenridge receive tech grants
Summit Daily News
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced grants on Monday for 24 Colorado local governments to increase the availability of online services, products or information. Both Breckenridge and Frisco are among the recipients. The grants were awarded by the State Internet Portal Authority, an organization created by the Colorado State Legislature to encourage local governments to put more services and information online.
The Town of Frisco received $5,000 for the development of an online job application database and the improvement of the town code search function. Suzanne Lifgren, Frisco’s marketing and communications director, said the job application database will allow applicants to attach a resume and cover letter, and make it easier for staff to later find and access the applications. She said the online town code search will be improved by organizing codes within the search function more efficiently, thus creating better communication with the public.
The Town of Breckenridge received $3,800 to improve its website’s town code services. Director of communications Kim Dilallo said the grant will not only make it easier for staff and citizens to search town codes, but help Breckenridge go greener. She said the grant will allow the town to eliminate more than 75 percent of its paper town code books.
The Statewide Internet Portal Authority created the grant program to encourage local governments to put more services and information online. In a press release, the organization said it recognizes the tight budgetary times of local governments and the ever increasing demands of mobile citizens.
“SIPA understands how important it is to give people access to more information and services,” said state Senator Bill Cadman, chairman of the group’s board of directors. “These grants will allow local governments to use technology to deliver services directly to the homes of those they serve, which will make it easier to register for recreation classes, apply for jobs and receive medical consultations.”
The grant program was open to all Colorado governments including cities, counties and special districts.
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