JaxHappenings Keeps Residents Connected with Activities across the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 7, 2013 Mayor Alvin Brown and the Office of Special Events announced today a new, free mobile app from the City of Jacksonville. The app, JaxHapps, is available now for download on Android devices, iPhone and iPad.

“JaxHappenings.com and the JaxHapps app are great examples of the work our city is doing to embrace technology and create a more effective and efficient reach into the community,” said Mayor Brown. “More than just a day or a night out for residents, special events are a driver for economic development and we should be exploring every option to ensure they are enjoyed by as many people as possible.”

In addition to the JaxHapps mobile app, Special Events launched its new brand, “Jax Happenings,” that includes a refreshed website with enhanced usability, featuring a comprehensive calendar of events in the urban core and throughout the Jacksonville area.  On JaxHappenings.com, visitors can search for events by categories like Business and Technology, Cultural, Entertainment, Family Friendly and Sports. They can also get information about event permits and becoming an event vendor.

“We often receive calls from citizens looking for information on events and activities,” said Tonisha Landry-Gaines, Director of Special Events. “Working to develop the mobile app and website is one of the ways we sought to be responsive.”

The mobile app pulls information directly from the website to provide information on-the-go.

“So many interesting events are happening throughout the Jacksonville area,” said Usha Mohan, CIO and Chief of Information Technologies. “This is a great way for our citizens to have access to them, right at their fingertips. We are excited about adding JaxHapps to our mobile app offerings that improve the quality of life for our citizens and help keep us all connected.”

JaxHapps and JaxHappenings.com were created in-house by the city’s Information Technologies Division and Office of Special Events at no additional cost to taxpayers.

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