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Gresham New Website
Gresham New Website
City launches new, mobile-friendly website (Photo) - 07/07/16

GRESHAM, OR. -- Get Gresham to go! The City's website has a new look and feel: www.GreshamOregon.gov is now mobile-friendly and adapts to cell phones and tablets. The new site allows visitors faster, easier access to City services and information using smaller screen sizes.

The new website was developed to reach and accommodate an audience that is increasingly using cell phones to conduct business with the City. Cell phone user visits to the website jumped from 3 percent in 2010 to 40 percent in 2016.

New features/design elements:
- New design and features incorporated from people's comments in the community.
- A responsive website that you can use on your cell phone or tablet.
- Incorporated social media features including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
- Better integration with the City's My Gresham app to report an issue online.
- Easier site navigation that is service oriented.
- Top tasks "Pay a bill," "Get a permit," are easier to find and use.
- Quick drop-down menus to find information.

In addition, the new website's design reflects a clean, modern aesthetic and navigation has been restructured to highlight the City tasks most often used by residents, businesses and visitors, including:
- Apply for a permit online.
- Schedule an inspection online.
- File a police report online.
- Report an issue online with My Gresham.
- Manage Your Online Utilities online.
- Pay your bill online.
- Reserve a park shelter or sports field online.
- Sign up for City publications online.
- Volunteer online.

GreshamOregon.gov averages 1.5 million views a year. The City of Gresham website was last rebuilt in 2008.

Attached Media Files: Gresham New Website
Gresham Arts Festival celebrates creativity and will smash Guinness World Record on July 16 - 07/05/16

GRESHAM, OR. -- More than 140 artists, live music, free family fun and another Guinness World Record event--it's all happening on Saturday, July 16 at the 15th annual Gresham Arts Festival in historic downtown.

The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to the charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated crop of Northwest artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and more.

The Gresham community and festival visitors will also come together to smash a new Guinness World Record following last year's successful Chalk of Fame. Families, businesses, community groups and visitors will paint 14,400 wooden blocks to form a beautiful mosaic designed by local artist Guy Edwards with Brainjar Media. The "Block of Fame" design remains a secret until the event, but is Gresham-specific. No one else in the world has attempted this record, and when we break it, Gresham will hold the first and only Guinness World Record for the largest painted wooden block mosaic. Everyone is welcome to help break the record and paint a set (or more) of 25 wooden blocks. Drop in between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Arts Plaza on Third Street between Hood and Kelly Avenues, or reserve your blocks online at www.GreshamOregon.gov/ArtsFestival. A measurement ceremony and celebration will be held at 4 p.m.

"I love seeing the community come together to celebrate creativity at the Arts Festival," Mayor Shane Bemis said. "I invite everyone to join us in smashing another Guinness World Record and enjoying the arts in our thriving historic downtown."

The free, family friendly Gresham Arts Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in addition to more than 140 artist booths and a dozen musical acts, the Kids' Village will set up shop at the Arts Plaza. Cool off in the Children's Fountain, unleash your inner snowboarder, be a martial arts master and break some boards, and enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, snow cones, a dunk tank and more.

More than 100 shops and eateries will throw their doors open for visitors to browse and dine. The Gresham Farmers' Market will offer fresh produce and adds to the festivities.

Parking is available at nine City-owned lots in and around downtown. Free bicycle parking is available at Powell Blvd. and Main Avenue, courtesy of Ride-East Multnomah Cycling Hub. Bring your bike lock, and we'll take care of the rest. Public transportation is also available via TriMet's MAX Blue Line to Gresham Central Transit Center.

More than two dozen sponsors make this community event possible. Special thanks to our Patron sponsors: Gresham Ford, The Outlook/Pamplin Media Group, MetroEast Community Media, 101.9 KINK and 98.7 The Bull.

For more information, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov/ArtsFestival. Video footage available at http://bit.ly/298lXq1.

For information the day of the event, members of the media may call or text Elizabeth Coffey, Communications Manager for the City of Gresham, at 503-793-4167.