Contact: Kelly Vence


Public Information Office




ELIZABETH, NJ—April 4, 2012 — Mayor J. Christian Bollwage unveiled a new website this morning featuring a vibrant fresh look with graphics showcasing the beauty of the community as well as simplified, enhanced user friendly elements. All of the features of the old website — department links, City Council agendas and minutes, videos, press releases, calendars of events, forms and documents – can still be found on the new site.

“We have improved navigation to easily connect visitors to any information they might need to locate Departments, services, partners, events and more,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “These changes make our website much more accessible, so guests no longer have to search layers of links to find what they are looking for.”

One way the website is more user friendly is the redesign of the homepage, which greets visitors with four different artistic pictures depicting different parts of Elizabeth. It also displays six large reference boxes in the midsection of the page, featuring the most frequented areas. These include: Vital Statistics, Senior Services, Youth Services, Licenses & Forms, Departments and Public Safety. With one click, a visitor can learn more about a particular amenity and will take the user directly to their area of interest.

The homepage also showcases all important notices, news, announcements and upcoming events around the City to keep residents in the know. It directly links you to Elizabeth’s different social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as highlights the City’s partnerships with links to their websites. 

“I believe residents and visitors will enjoy how simple it is to find information,” said Councilwoman- At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste. “We incorporated search engines and more prominent tabs to simplify navigating the site, giving residents the option to save time and assist in expediting their visit to City Hall.”

Being that Elizabeth is known for its diversity; the revamped website also offers a tool in which you can translate the entire site into a variety of different languages by just clicking on a drop down menu located at the top of the page. The electronic translation service on the web site is hosted by Google Translate.

"The new website is an example of the City’s continued dedication to effectively communicate with its residents,” said Councilman Manny Grova.  “It is exciting to see the work that was created to develop communication tools for our visitors throughout the area and beyond.”

The City of Elizabeth has worked very hard to include as much information about their community as possible.  Not only is the site  more convenient to navigate, it is also easier to maintain and update. Content will constantly be added to ensure guests are receiving the most recent information and resources for different programs, activities and news.

Comments, questions and suggestions from users are encouraged; therefore please send all feedback to