PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - The City of Prattville is going mobile. There's now a free app that residents can download to access information about their community, and the best part-- it doesn't cost the city a dime either.
The application is called YouTown, and it's already available for download. You can find the latest city news, public notices, upcoming events, and even the garbage schedule at your fingertips.
Teresa Lee, the City of Prattville's Webmaster, said, "I knew we couldn't afford to develop a mobile app, but this gave us the opportunity. With a little work on my end, we could get it for free."
Lee found out about the app at a conference last year, and later Prattville was chosen to be one of twelve test cities nationwide.
She said, "I happened to be sitting at the table with the woman from the company eating breakfast, and I looked at her and said, 'How do we get in on that deal?'"
For this generation of tech savvy social media and smart phone users, Lee says it's invaluable resource to the community.
"People are so busy and always out and about. Maybe they have three or four things to do that day, and they've forgotten what time something starts or which park it's in. Now, they can look it up on the fly," she added.
Mayor Bill Gillespie admitted, he has a lot to learn, but he says, even those like himself who are still getting their feet wet in this new age of technology, the benefit it provides is easy to see.
"It helps to keep us involved and informed. And hopefully, keep us a tight community like we already are," he said.
To download it, just go to your app store and search for Youtown, then select Prattville as your city.
The app is only available on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad, but the company is working to expand it to Android and BlackBerry. @