Saturday, June 30, 2007

A Small Town Website

This morning I stumbled on the website for New Scotland, which is a town of less than 10,000 people in New York State, quite near the state capital of Albany. The website has a well-written first page that is more inspiring than bureaucratic:

Town of New Scotland
The Jewel of Albany County, New York
2029 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, NY 12159

Years ago, you might have referred to New Scotland as the best kept secret of Albany County. Today, this Jewel continues to charm and allure residents with its rural characteristics, suburban, agricultural and commercial qualities.

New Scotland offers the best of everything in 58 scenic square miles. The villages and hamlets of the town (Clarksville, Feura Bush, New Salem, New Scotland, Onesquethaw, Unionville and Voorheesville) have almost 10,000 residents who consider themselves fortunate to live here and strive to preserve this beautiful region.

As we proceed into the 21st Century, New Scotland residents will continue to make a difference through their volunteer efforts and desire to enrich their community along with 50 members of the Town Team who are working to make this vision a reality.

Join the Town Team on a journey through our website. This is your information source and communication tool. Your input is essential and we welcome you to contact us.

I really like what they've written, it would encourage me to get involved if I lived there. But has anybody seen a town or parish website home page that is even better at motivating local people? If so, I'd like to have a look...

PS the web-page for the Town Court is almost weirdly friendly:

Comments Friendly court on State Highway 85. If you have a criminal matter call to be sure you're scheduled for a DA night. Otherwise it may be a wasted trip. This court is usually not very busy, so don't be more than 15 minutes late. On a bad day you might miss it.

About the area The Town of New Scotland is a gorgeous area bordering Guilderland, Bethlehem, Albany and the hilltowns, and contains the village of Voorheesville within its boundaries.

Judges Hon. Margaret Adkins & Hon. Thomas E. Dolin. Both are excellent judges.


Roger Green said...

Whereas the website for the city of Albany is awful.

KIP said...

I too am searching for the same thing. Fed up that my town had no website to get even the most basic information, I was able to create their website for a graduate project ( The idea was to build a shell, and let the city staff take over from there. So I used Google sites, one of the easiest, WSIWYG editors out there. Almost impossible to mess up.

But I'm still looking for more! What else do small towns do to use the web to motivate mostly non-involved citizens? If anyone comes across a good website or two, please let me know.

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