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Push Notification Feature Launches for HCConnect

Conway, South Carolina - Horry County Government officials announced that HCConnect, the official app for Horry County Government, will now give users the option to opt in for push notifications on their favorite content. In addition, Horry County officials will be able to push out critical life safety information to subscribed users in the event of a major emergency incident, based on their location.

“We are excited to announce this new feature for HCConnect,” said IT/GIS Director Tim Oliver. “Whether users are interested in the latest news, crime information or zoning notifications, we are able to alert them to updates based on their interests. In the midst of Hurricane Season, we are especially aware of the importance of getting vital information to our community and we will be able to send the community critical updates with this new feature.”

Users who already have the app downloaded should update the app to see this new functionality. The latest version of HCConnect is now available for free download in the App Store and on Google Play.

HCConnect was created to provide a technology platform to inform, engage, and connect with the people of Horry County. This is a first of its kind app, developed completely in house, creating a direct channel for citizen-driven communication and feedback.

Horry County App Features Voting Information Ahead of Election Day

The Horry County IT/GIS team has added a new feature on the Horry County mobile app, HCConnect, that allows users to access important information ahead of Election Day. Users with a profile can find their polling place based on their primary address and see a sample ballot for their precinct. 

“This is exactly what we designed the app to do,” said IT/GIS Director Tim Oliver. “We will continue to develop timely updates that empower our users with the information that matters to them.”  

The General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2018. For questions about voting in the upcoming election, call the Horry County Voters Registration and Elections department at (843) 915-5440.

HCConnect is available for free download in the App Store and on Google Play.

Horry County Mobile App Launches

HCConnect, the new mobile app from Horry County Government, has been downloaded over 1,200 times since it launched earlier this month. The app, created in response to a strategic planning goal to make government more open and accessible, is the first of its kind in South Carolina. Its aim is to engage the citizen with local government, and empower people with the information that matters to them. The app is “profile” driven, meaning who, where and what are the keys to engagement.

Some of the initial features include:

  • M311, allowing users to directly submit service requests for road and drainage, mosquitoes, police, litter, and beach wheelchair requests
  • Personalized feeds, showing users what permit applications, rezoning requests, and reported crimes have recently taken place in their neighborhoods
  • Explore Horry, with information on amenities at all county parks and beach accesses with instant driving directions

“We are pleased with the initial feedback we are receiving from folks who are using the app,” says Tim Oliver, the Horry County IT/GIS Director. “We designed the app to inform, engage, and connect our residents and visitors and we are already exploring what is next for this platform.”