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In acknowledgement of National Equal Pay Day, the Massachusetts Office of the State Treasurer has launched its new EqualPayMA website.  The site, designed and developed by MRW Connected, is dedicated to raising awareness about wage inequality and providing tools and resources for closing the gender wage gap.

We’ve been busy in MRW land the past few months working with some great new clients on a variety of interesting projects.

Tapestry Health

Tapestry Health has delivered family planning and reproductive health services throughout Western Massachusetts for over four decades.  Just up the road from us in Florence, MA, Tapestry asked us to lead a complete re-branding of the organization, including logo design, messaging, and website development. We’ve worked closely with both the leadership and staff on the ground to understand what makes the organization a unique and crucial resource for the people it serves throughout the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire regions.

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

The MBLC is the agency of state government charged with the responsibility to maintain and improve library services for the people of Massachusetts. We’ve been working with the agency on a redesign of their current website, which includes a complete restructuring of their content layout to better serve their users, including library directors and librarians. The newly redesigned site is set to launch later this year.

Capitol Region Council of Governments

CRCOG is the largest of Connecticut’s nine regional planning organizations, acting as a voluntary association of municipal governments serving the City of Hartford and 37 surrounding suburban and rural communities.  We’ve been working with their team to redesign their static website and develop it within Wordpress, allowing department heads to directly manage their content without technical knowledge. The site is set to launch this spring.

We recently partnered with the Office of Economic Empowerment, an agency of the Massachusetts Treasury, to design and develop a new Website for equal pay initiatives in MA.

The Website (EqualPayMA.com) will be the first of its kind in the country.  Its goal is is to serve as a one stop shop for employers and employees seeking information about the gender pay gap in Massachusetts. It will include a wage equality tool kit for employers looking to close the pay gap, a salary calculator tool, savings and loan payoff calculators, facts about the pay gap, and a pay equity FAQ page.

As a mission-based organization, we're thrilled by this opportunity to help advance a cause in which we strongly believe.  This is what it's all about!

 

 

 

MRW Connected is pleased to announce its new two-year agreement with Hartford Public Schools to provide website design and development services.  In order to continue improving the District's online platforms to best serve its stakeholders, we've contracted with HPS for further development and support of the District’s website, school websites, and intranet.

Since 2012, we've worked with the District to engage families and support staff through the development of the District’s online communications. The work has focused on three key areas: school websites, which offer students and parents access to vital resources while giving each district school a unique voice; the District website, which serves as a city-wide platform for engaging greater Hartford’s diverse stakeholders; and the employee intranet, which provides a central hub for all HPS teachers and staff to communicate, learn, and support one another.

This new two-year project will include a parent-centric redesign of the District's website, creation of a dedicated HPS news portal, development of two mobile apps, and ongoing training and support for staff.

"We couldn't be happier to continue a partnership that began three years ago and has continued to grow and evolve," said Tom Willits, President of MRW Connected.  "This new project will allow us to collaborate with the District to continue exploring how to help staff, parents, students, and community members better connect with one another."

 

We've recently begun a partnership with the Connecticut General Assembly to redesign the website for the House Democratic Office of the State of Connecticut.  The new website will offer Connecticut residents improved access to information about the issues that most directly affect their districts, while simultaneously allowing State Representatives to more easily share news and updates about their ongoing work.

All of us at MRW are excited to partner with the State of Connecticut on this project.  We see this work as an opportunity to improve the flow of information between citizens and their government while also helping the House Democratic Office update the design and functionality of its web presence.

The new website will be built on an open source Content Management System that allows Representatives and their staff to easily post content without technical knowledge.  The site will also feature responsive design to ensure an optimized browsing experience for users on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

The Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) is the legislative branch of government of the State of Connecticut. Through statutory enactments, the Joint Committee on Legislative Management is responsible for the coordination and management of legislative affairs and the supervision and approval of any and all legislative expenditures. 

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