Vernon Connect App

Building a Municipal App That Connects with Citizens
We worked with the City of Vernon to improve their website and launch a new app that enhanced their ability to connect with a mobile audience.

With a wealth of recreational activities on its doorstep, the City of Vernon is home to an active population of over 40,000, including both permanent and seasonal residents. In addition to communicating important information about public services and government intitiatives, the City wanted to improve its website's ability to keep on-the-go citizens involved and aware of events and promotions in their area.

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The Challenge

A project to improve the overall functionality of the City of Vernon's Drupal website proved to be the perfect opportunity to leverage the capabilities of the CMS to more effectively connect with its active citizens. In addition to our work on the site, the City wanted to upgrade its email-notification system while maintaining consistent messaging and branding, without increasing system management efforts for staff.

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How We Helped

Keeping the needs of both citizens and City staff in mind, we worked to develop a mobile app that would effectively deliver key information and notifications to users, without additional maintenance on the backend. This included a mobile notification broadcast system, event schedules, and mobile issue reporting all of which can be updated from the City's Drupal website. 

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Project Features
App Design & Release
We provide design and launch strategy for apps that harness mobile opportunities.
Dynamic Communications
Leveraging various digital touch points for a cohesive message and experience.
Integrated Online Tools
Things work better when they work together – we streamline online tools and programs.
User-Friendly CMS
A custom implementation of Drupal provides a reliable, intuitive and flexible platform.
Social Media Integration
Strategically integrating daily social interaction with multiple digital marketing platforms.
Centralized Service Databases
Allows user-friendly access, enhances self-help capabilities, and creates internal efficiencies for staff.
The Result

Serving both the iOS and Android markets, the Vernon Connect app has created a more immediate connection between the public and the City, serving content from the website in real-time and allowing users to engage more directly through a number of submission options.

Drupal tools for app controls and notifications let administrators select which updates are delivered to users, and the app's modular foundation means that it can scale alongside the City's needs.

Vernon Connect Results
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