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tuman.design and the town of Hawley, Massachsetts were honored by an award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association for the best civic website created for a small town in Massachusetts. The category was open to municipal government websites for towns with a population of less than 5,000.

The award is for small towns, but with a population under 350, Hawley is a teeny town, truly punching above its weight in receiving this award. The achievement is more impressive when considering that its competition included larger towns like Wellfleet, Provincetown, Stockbridge, and similarly well-known and well-funded communities.

Aware of tuman.design’s website redesign for the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), which launched earlier in 2023, Hawley contracted the firm to redesign its own site. Work started in the spring and was completed that fall. tuman.design collaborated with a number of city officials and civic leaders in the creation of the site, most notably Tinky Weisblat, Administrative Assistant, and Peter Beck, who serves on the town’s Communications Committee.

tuman.design has been creating government websites since 2005, when Founder William Tuman created the first professionally designed website for the city of Easthampton, MA as well as a “cultural mapping project” for Easthampton City Arts—a project to spur a renaissance among visual and creative artists living or working in the city. Almost twenty years later, Easthampton is one of Western Massachusetts’s most buzzworthy cities, and we are pleased to have been early supporters of visionary efforts from thought leaders in that community.

Since then, the consultancy has completed a number of projects for FRCOG, including a 2018 redesign of the Region 1 Healthcare & Medical Coordinating Commission website (a key community resource throughout the 2020 Covid pandemic) and the creation of a 2022 site to market a passenger rail line connecting New Haven, CT with Brattleboro, VT at ValleyFlyer.com.

Read Greenfield Recorder coverage of the Town of Hawley website reesign and the resulting award from Massachusetts Municipal Association.

“The efforts behind the creation of the town’s new website are being recognized as the nonprofit Massachusetts Municipal Association has deemed Hawley to have the best website for a Massachusetts town with fewer than 5,000 residents.

The new website includes a complete visual redesign, new information navigation methods, a robust custom search interface, an event calendar that builds its own archive, automated notifications of town news for residents who choose to subscribe, an expanded emergency services section and a “How Do I?” section for common tasks where residents interact with town officials. It also includes custom tools to streamline data entry and standardize design for common content types like Selectboard meeting minutes, legal notices and news posts.”

full story at recorder.org
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