June 8th, 2009
City of Portland wants to hire you to improve PortlandOnline
You may not know this, but the City of Portland’s Web site, PortlandOnline, was recently ranked as the second-best city Web site in the nation in terms of “Municipal E-Governance.” (PDF) Who beat them? Washington, DC.
There’s only one problem: Portland isn’t willing to settle for second place. They know they can do better. And they realize that they’re sitting on a hotbed of creative Web talent in this town that could help them vault to #1, no problem. So, to get there, they’re asking for your help.
No, really. Here’s your chance. The City of Portland has just released an RFP for Web Audit & Assessment Services that includes both usability-focused audits and begins to dip a proverbial toe into the realm of social media.
The City of Portland, Office of Management & Finance is seeking proposals for the following four service areas: 1) Information flow/architecture of PortlandOnline; 2) Functionality of content management system tools and training; 3) ADA accessibility; and 4) Use of social media. Deliverables will include audits and assessments based on industry best practices, citing specific examples in PortlandOnline, and recommendations for improvements, protocols, and policies in each area.
So why not submit a proposal? You’ve got two weeks. So get going. Proposals in response to the RFP are due Monday, June 22 by 5:00 PM.
And because you’re going to win, I feel obligated to tell you that the work is slated to begin in July 2009.