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State recognizes South Fayette for information technology efforts

| Thursday, April 14, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

South Fayette has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development with the Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence in the category of information technology.

The township's use of its website and social media to improve public access to local government stood out, according to the department. South Fayette and the City of Pittsburgh were the only municipalities in Allegheny County to be recognized.

The township's website, southfayettepa.com , has logged 148,579 visits since its launch in December 2014. The site averages almost 300 visitors a day. The top searches include the zoning map, jobs, employment, dye testing, road study and police.

The township's Facebook page has 1,626 likes, including 469 made in the first three months of 2016. The three most-popular posts were about the Internet Purchase Exchange location that reached 253,700 people; a remembrance of late Commissioner Tom Sray that reached 8,500; and police Sgt. Jeff Sgro's recognition at a commissioners' meeting that reached 7,700.

South Fayette's Twitter account has 236 followers, including 43 new followers in the first quarter of 2016.

The township also launched its own magazine, South Fayette Connect, the first issue of which was mailed to 7,000 homes and businesses. Printing and mailing the first issue cost $5,000, which was $3,000 under budget.

Andrea Iglar, South Fayette's director of community development, said mailings of the June issue will be expanded. The publication also is available online at southfayettepa.com .

The first issue did not have any advertisements, but Iglar said the second will have a few advertisers who received a business card-size space because they were a sponsor of a parks and recreation event, such as Cleanup Day.

Township officials remain undecided about selling paid advertisements.

“We'll look at ways to accept ads. We want to make sure it remains a community magazine,” Iglar said.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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