- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The city of Natchez has debuted its new mobile phone app - putting a plethora of city information just a click, or swipe, away.

Natchez Information Technology Director Ed Bowser tells The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/1ckJKU7) the app’s launch comes in conjunction with the city’s latest website makeover.

“This is something that greatly unlocks communication within the city,” Bowser said.

Among Access Natchez’s 11 features are an alert center, city calendar, city staff directory and resource directory.

One feature Bowser said he is especially excited about is the “report a concern” feature.

“If you want to report a problem, like a street light being down, you can send in a photo through ‘report a concern,’” Bowser said.

If users choose to provide their email and cellphone information, Bowser said the app would notify the user once the problem is fixed.

Other app features, like the Visit Natchez feature, links users directly to the Visit Natchez website, where daily events are posted.

Bowser said this was a feature city officials wanted to incorporate in order to provide more information to tourists.

“We’re obviously planning on having a lot of people come in to town for the tricentennial,” Bowser said. “And this will keep them updated as things change and announcements are made.”

Bowser said he is still working on making additions to the app to make it as user friendly as possible.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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