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August 31, 1997


The Internet could lead to one-stop shopping for city services, city officials said.

The Lawrence CyberVillage is growing.

Nearly two years after its electronic founding, the city's official site on the World Wide Web is continuing to evolve as a resource for community information and services, said Rod Bremby, the site's co-administrator.

The latest step: putting piles of bureaucratic information -- such as minutes from and agendas for weekly Lawrence City Commission meetings -- on the Web, with assistance from innovative software donated by municipal web counterparts in Austin, Tex.

"As computers in the home have increased, and as we receive requests for services through e-mail, we have tried to respond with content," Bremby said. "I think we're still ahead of the expectations."

The CyberVillage -- -- provides 17 different categories for web surfers to peruse, from arts to travel. The site can be reached through LAWRENCE.COM, the Journal-World's community information web site.

Links to other sites provide CyberVillage visitors with a well-rounded view of the community, Bremby said.

"We're trying to create a virtual representation of Lawrence, as close as we possibly can get to actually being here," Bremby said.

Vicki Cummiskey, the city's communication coordinator, said the home page would lead to further services as technology evolves.

Coordinating social service information through the CyberVillage is a start, Cummiskey said.

"We need to look to the future of one-stop shopping for our customers," she said.

Bruce Flanders, director of the Lawrence Public Library and the site's other co-administrator, said the city's home page cost no extra money. The site is stored on donated server space, and current library employees oversee its day-to-day operation as part of their daily responsibilities.

Volunteers already are contributing stories about Lawrence history for the CyberVillage, he said, and more features are sure to follow.

"That's what the library is all about," Flanders said. "Information provision and partnerships are always on our minds," he said.

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