The City of Sparks launches the first official city mobile application (App) in the State of Nevada. With the free Sparks iPhone and Android Mobile App, with an iPad version scheduled to be completed during the first quarter, visitors can search for information such as restaurants, shopping and nightlife. You can receive the latest city news, weather, information and check-in on social networking sites. Download the City of Sparks mobile app by visiting the Sparks website http://cityofsparks.us/visiting/mobile-app or by searching for “Sparks, NV” in the iPhone App Store.
“We are really excited to introduce the first local government mobile application in the state for our residents and visitors,” said Sparks Mayor Geno Martini. “I am confident that people will find the app a useful tool to learn more about our great City, and all the things to do.”
“Whether you’re a longtime resident or visiting for a special event or softball tournament, this app puts what’s happening in Sparks at your fingertips,” said Sparks City Councilman Ron Schmitt, and chairman of the city’s Tourism and Marketing Committee. “The app is a direct result of our branding program and serves to showcase our entire community while promoting city attractions, events and establishments. It’s another step in our marketing plan to provide information in an effective manner while positioning the city as ‘It’s Happening Here.’”
The City of Sparks mobile app was a marketing goal for the city’s Brand Leadership Team (BLT). The BLT is comprised of community and business leaders in the Sparks area and who have taken a significant role in assisting Sparks with implementing the recommendations from the Branding, Development and Marketing Action Plan completed in 2009. More than 10 members volunteer their time and resources to assure that the Sparks brand reaches and surpasses its goal of bringing visitors and business to Sparks.
With visitors, tourism and special events a priority for the city, the Sparks mobile app features include:
- Visiting Information: Restaurants and dining, shopping, places, family friendly venues, events, nightlife/bars, hotels/casinos
- Information on upcoming special events
- Around Me – Augmented reality using geo-tracking points of interest based on your current location and using the camera feature of your phone
- Sparks softball standings and tournament information
- Area map and weather
- Sparks news feed
- Citizen Requests to request city services or connect to your city government
- Facebook check-in and status posts, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube
- Contact the City of Sparks
“Our development team wanted to put together the most relevant and user friendly app for the City of Sparks,” said Tony Lockard, principal, InfoTech Mobile. “The ability to see what is happening, look for a new restaurant or to check out the current softball standings, should make it a popular download from the app stores.”
For more information or to download the City of Sparks Mobile App visit http://cityofsparks.us/visiting/mobile-app.
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