Montco's growing App-etite

Montgomery County government finally can say they have an app for that.

At Thursday’s commission meeting, the county launched a mobile app called GoMontco. It’s directly connected to the county’s new website, “so that online content will always be in-sync with the mobile app,” according to a statement from the county.

The app, which is free, works on iPhone and Android devices.

“This is just another step to make the county more accessible to our constituents,” said Josh Shapiro, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “Information is now literally at the fingertips of our citizens while on their smart phones.”

What type of information?

The app has links to a calendar (there’s an electronics recycling program Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim), information about parks and trails, a staff directory, a listing of open county jobs, and requests-for-proposals and bids.

The app also links to the county’s pages on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

It comes not long after the county’s website won an Excellence in Website Design Award from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Costs for developing the mobile app were included in the price tag for revising the website.

The app developer was CivicPlus, the Kansas-based company that also worked on the website.
Marina Bradley and Jessica Willingham, of the county’s office of communications, coordinated with CivicPlus. Bradley is the web editor.