Tyler: City report available in digital and print

Published on Saturday, 31 May 2014 23:34 - Written by Kelly Gooch kgooch@tylerpaper.com

An annual report designed to provide information about the city is available in digital and printed formats.

The report showcases achievements from 2013, as well as the city’s finances, according to recently released information.

It spotlights DriveCam, which is used in Solid Waste vehicles; the groundbreaking for The Village at Cumberland Park retail center; recognition for Tyler’s City University training program; growth at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport; the opening of the Center for Healthy Living; work done by the Tyler Fire Department; the completion of the Lindsey Park Mountain Bike Trail; work done by the Tyler Public Library’s Teen Advisory Council; an update of the city’s comprehensive plan, Tyler 1st; Downtown Tyler revitalization efforts; and construction projects, among other things.

The report also includes information about city council districts and how Tyler is run.

Additionally, it includes contact details for city entities and departments so residents will know where to go to get the information they’re looking for, City of Tyler Senior Public Relations Specialist Serena Butcher said.

The theme of the report is “Building Our Future Together.”

Ms. Butcher said the report updates people on what’s occurred in the last year, aids transparency and provides general information that people may not know.

“It’s just information to get people aware of what’s going on. If they can see something in (the report) … then they can get involved,” she said, adding that many wonderful things are going on in Tyler.

The annual report can be viewed as an E-Book, which includes links to video, and as a printed version with QR codes, which link to web pages and videos, Ms. Butcher said.

“It has become more common for people to look for information online rather than in person, therefore this E-report is taking the information to where the people are,” Mayor Martin Heines said in a statement. “It (also) provides direct links to videos and websites with more information.”

“A QR Reader comes standard on many smartphones or can be downloaded from the app store. If you are looking at a printed version of the report, simply scan the code and your phone will automatically take you to the website or video on You Tube. In the electronic version of the report, simply click on the code and it will serve as a link,” he said.

The report can be viewed by following the link: http://bluetoad.com/publication?i=208445, or through a link on the city website, www.cityoftyler.org .

Printed copies are available at City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Ave., or at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave.