The Harvey County website soon could be receiving a “makeover.” The county recently announced it is a finalist for the CivicPlus “Extreme Website Makeover 2012” contest. CivicPlus is a provider of government website and community engagement software, and is in its 10th edition of the contest. “We continue to look for ways to make our local government more transparent and better connected to our citizens,” said Harvey County Administrator John Waltner. “This website makeover would be a significant step for us.” This year, citizen participation and involvement will be a factor in determining the grand prize winners, so community members are encouraged to go to to nominate the community for a chance to win a free, interactive website. “A new CivicPlus website will serve as a beneficial tool for the entire community,” a county news release stated. “Citizens can stay up-to-date on important news and events, learn more about local government from enhanced transparency, and increase engagement.” Finalists will have from now through 5 p.m. Jan. 11 to gain as much citizen feedback and support as possible. Winners will be notified by 5 p.m. Jan. 21. Grand prize winners will receive: · A Premium CivicPlus website with custom design, full development and three days of on-site training, for free. · The first two years of annual fees will be waived. In addition to the grand prize, there will be runners-up chosen across the country that will receive a $5,000 discount toward their project development fees of a premium CivicPlus website. “Harvey County looks forward to our citizen commitment in promoting our ... website for the ‘Extreme Website Makeover 2012’ contest, provided by CivicPlus,” a news release stated. “The new website will enhance community engagement and communication between citizens and government.”