If you have logged onto the Kent County website, accessKent.com, you may have noticed a new look.

Today, the site was revamped with a new look and more convenient and user-friendly design. The homepage now features images promoting various parts and communities in Kent County and highlights some of the lists that the county has landed in top spots.

The redesign is meant to simplify navigation, with a number of new updates. Users are now able to utilize a search bar function to immediately request the page they need. Designers added Google Translate to assist Spanish-speaking residents. There are also new enhancements for visually-impaired users.

Some of the new services the new site includes:

  • Court records, Searches and Payments
  • Deeds and Property Lookup
  • Friend of the Court
  • Certified Vital Records and Marriage License Requests
  • Inmate Lookup
  • Dog Licensing
  • Restaurant Inspection Reports
  • Human Resources and Employment Applications

“People are accessing services on devices such as smart phones more and more, so our goal is to be user-friendly anywhere, anytime,” said Daryl Delabbio, Kent County Administrator and Controller. More than 2.2 million visits were recorded in 2016, logging nearly 300,000 online transactions -- a 21 percent increase from 2015.

“This website is the forward face of Kent County to those looking to locate their businesses here as well as companies already located here in the County,” said Rick Chapla, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at The Right Place and member of the Enhanced Access Board which provides direction and recommendations for the accessKent.com site.

“In an era of instant access to information and commerce, this new redesign will make it easier, quicker, and more convenient for businesses to engage with Kent County. It will be a business-friendly tool that will provide the information a business wants, when they want it," Chapla continued.

To check out the new site design yourself, visit accessKent.com.

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.