County website reaches transparency milestoneFrom Staff Reports
Coweta County’s website has received the highest grade given to government websites by the Sunshine Review.
The Sunshine Review evaluates the transparency and information provided by more than 6,000 state and local government websites and assigned a grade to each.
“We are very happy to have received the A+ rating. We are committed to providing county information in the most transparent manner possible and improving this grade gives important outside recognition of that. The increase in our grade came after adding some documents, like a listing of county contracts, and improving the access to some other information, like adding a list of contact names and numbers, which were all there before, but were not on the same page,” said Patricia Palmer, county Public Affairs Director.
“In this process, we found lots of great examples of how to provide the massive information we have in better and clearer ways. Even though we’ve gotten the highest grade, there are still several changes we’ll be making to make our information even easier to access.”
Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review, the national nonprofit, pro-transparency organization, said, “Sunshine Review applauds Coweta County, Georgia for improving their transparency score from a ‘B-‘ to an ‘A+’ in only a month. By enhancing their website and increasing access to information, Coweta County is proactively championing government openness and transparency.”