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TECHNOLOGY: New app puts Decatur at fingertips
by LaTria Garnigan
July 01, 2014 11:26 AM | 2294 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Need to report a crack in a sidewalk or find a new restaurant in Decatur? Now there is an app for that. Decatur recently unveiled its new mobile app — available for iPhone and Android devices — created in conjunction with MyCommunity Mobile for its residents and visitors.

The app is available for free in the App Store or Google Play by searching for “City of Decatur official.”

“We are pleased to announce the launch of the city of Decatur mobile app,” said Mayor Jim Baskett. “This new mobile app offers newcomers, long-time residents and visitors an innovative and useful tool to keep them connected to our city. One of the goals of Decatur’s strategic plan is to provide communication in a variety of formats to reach a broad audience. This new mobile app is an excellent example of helping fulfill that goal.”

Features included on the app are information, city hall, city calendar, report an issue, shop & dine, recreation, news, weather and notifications.

Economic Development Director Catherine Lee said the city had been looking at different companies to do work on a city app for a few years and MyCommunity Mobile was the best option. On creating an app for the city, she said they heard the community wanted more ways to get in touch with the city.

“Our city website is mobile-friendly, but we still wanted to have an app,” said Lee. “We’re always looking for additional ways of communicating with the community.”

Lee said one of the biggest features of the app is the reports and issue section, which will let someone report a broken sidewalk by taking a picture and uploading it do the app. By doing so, it will automatically send the city a map and city personnel can then start a conversation with the resident to get more information, she said.

In the next year, Lee said they will add more tourism features, more feedback and more fun items rather than the practical features already on the app.

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