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New website, flag and logo revealed
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The City of Grambling has officially started an effort to brand itself.

The city launched its website, cityofgrambling.org, released an image of their official logo and official flag.

Mayor Ed Jones said the collaboration is an effort to spread the word about the city and reach out to more individuals.

“We wanted to get our name out there,” he said. “We wanted to have the official website to connect people and have a logo and flag to represent us.”

Citizens recommended adding the state’s name to the city’s flag and logo.

Jones said the city will add the state name and the recommendations will be added by next meeting.

Local website designer Bruce Morgan introduced the city’s website.

Morgan said the website has features such as paying utility bills, city documents and ways for citizens to add events to the city’s calendar.

“We’re almost done with the design phase of the website — with just a few minor tweaks here and there,” he said. “We wanted to hear feedback from the citizens first and we also want to work with certain groups to train them on adding things to the site.”

Several citizens recommended adding more Grambling State University logos and make former GSU coach Eddie Robinson and the Eddie Robinson Museum more prominent.

Morgan said he will add the recommendations by next meeting.

Morgan said the city will also have its own social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, to connect with a broader audience.

Jones said this will help the city reach different people around the world.

“This is a major step for the city of Grambling and its something the community will be proud of,” Jones said.

In other business:

• The council approved the annexation of a section off U.S. Highway 80 into the corporate limits of Grambling.

Jones said a contractor wants to build three homes on the property.

• The council also approved a motion to amend the city’s Occupational Tax License ordinance.

City attorney Pamela Stringfellow said the only major differences in the code include a formal process for businesses who do not follow the rules of the city and repercussions if a business closes for not adhering to the rules.

• The council also approved a motion to proclaim April 19 as “Entrepreneurship and Innovation Day” for the city.

Jones said GSU contacted him about holding a conference with students in a partnership with the city to encourage innovation.

• The council also introduced an ordinance to add property on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue be rezoned as a business sector.

Jones said the Grambling chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alphas want to turn a house into an official building for the sorority.

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