Oldsmar launches new mobile app designed to connect the city

Oldsmar officials recently launched a free mobile app designed to better connect residents and visitors to the community. (Credit: City of Oldsmar)

Want to know what’s going on in the City of Oldsmar? Now there’a an app for that!

Officials are hoping to help connect the community via the new My Oldsmar mobile app that launched earlier this month.

The free app, which is available on iTunes and Google Play, features 28 icons that display news, branded content and other community information in a convenient, easy-to-use format.

“We developed this to provide a more connected city experience,” Marketing Specialist Debb Pauley Vitraelli, one of the staff members responsible for designing the app, explained to the City Council on Tuesday, Mar. 6.

“It contains news, resources and information about the city. When you load it, you’ll see that it features 28 icons, and those were chosen based on about a three-year history of the entire search of our website.”

Pauley said the city’s communications specialist, and resident artist, Kris Hannon, designed the custom graphics for the disc golf course at Sheffield Park, the BMX Supercross track and the zipline aerial adventure park, and she noted the app’s design is consistent with the city’s website.

Instructions for downloading the MyOldsmar mobile app. (Credit: City of Oldsmar.)

The app is just the latest method Oldsmar has employed to help keep the community connected in recent years, including a redesigned city website, the high-tech Council Chambers building and a webpage dedicated to parks and trails.

Mayor Doug Bevis also noted the city looked into launching an app several years ago but “they were tens of thousands of dollars, and they’ve drastically gone down,” while City Manager Al Braithwaite praised Hannon’s and Pauley Vitraelli’s work on the new app.

“Kris Hannon clearly helped with the graphics, but she did all the research, by herself” Braithwaite said of Pauley Vitraelli. “Great job, Debb.”

After the app went live earlier this month, Oldsmar’s Assistant City Manager/Economic Development Director, Felicia Donnelly, spoke about the new feature.

“The City’s new app is a product of the City Council’s vision and priority to create a ‘Connected City’,” Donnelly said via email.

“We hope residents and visitors find the new app both resourceful and helpful!”

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Ed. Note: An earlier version of this article listed the wrong launch date for the app. It has since been corrected.

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