Gahanna received 28 proposals from companies interested in upgrading the city's Web site.

Gahanna received 28 proposals from companies interested in upgrading the city's Web site.

City officials narrowed that list to four and will begin interviewing each company March 3.

Grant Reveal, the city's technology director, said each company would have a time allotment to present its proposal for the city, and then the communications committee will be able to ask questions. Reveal said the city has an idea of what type of information it needs to present and how it would like residents to interact with the site, but the providers might be able to suggest some ideas that city official hadn't considered.

Brian Hoyt, the city's public-information officer, said the communications committee includes members of each of the city departments. He, Reveal and the assistant city administrator also will sit in on the interviews. The committee's goal is to choose one provider and make a recommendation to the city administration.

"We were really excited to see the breadth of the submissions," Reveal said.

The four being interviewed are People to My Site, an interactive marketing company in Gahanna; Americaneagle, a national company with offices in nine different cities, including Cleveland; AFS Web/Zoom CMS, a Web-development company in Columbus; and Origo Branding Co. of Columbus.

Hoyt said that during the interviews, representatives of different city departments would be able to talk to the company officials about challenges they face that might be related only to their individual department. The goal is to make the site like a virtual City Hall, where people could find information, get answers and interact with city officials.

City officials have said the Web site not only needs to work as a one-stop source of information, but it also needs to be interactive so people could pay bills online and even register for programs.

The city's goal, according to the request for proposals, is to "provide a 24-hour City Hall and the ability to conduct secure financial transactions online, and provide pages for all city programs, services and functions." It must "provide easy electronic access to public information" and be easily updated by city employees.

The existing Web site was done in house.

Gahanna City Council already has approved funding for the project. Hoyt said he hopes the city could work with the chosen provider to have the new site working by summer.