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Recovery.gov is a government website, that allows Americans to see where the federal stimulus money is being spent. The White House now plans to spend $18 million redesigning the money-tracking site. Many web designers say that is an outrageous number. A local web design firm has come up with a proposal for the White House, they'll redesign recovery.gov for a fraction of the price. Many wonder what a $18 million web site would even look like. "You know, it's a website with gold on it or something like that or platinum. It's crazy, no I don't think it's good,” said Cedric McGinnis of Wilmington. "That's the reason the economy is in the shape that it's in is for reasons like that,” said Sharon Whitehurst. Web designers at Inspire Creative Studios, came up with a plan to save some tax payers some money. They’ve offered to charge the White House just $1 million to redesign recovery.gov. "Well we love this country, and if it means making a measly million dollars, sign us up,” said Jonathan Medford of Inspire Creative Studios. The government has awarded the contract for the website work to Maryland firm Smartronix, but Smartronix's website doesn't even mention web design as one of its specialties. "But they did a website, we looked it up they did a website in 2007…so that was good, it was probably a pretty good website,” said Curtis Thieman of Inspire Creative Studios. Smartronix has already hired three subcontractors to help with the web design. Since the White House gig is already spoken for, the designers at Inspire Creative Studios hope ‘plan b’ will come through for them. "If nothing else, maybe the government can hire us to design a site that will track the $18 million tracking site,” Thieman said. A spokesperson for recovery.gov told WWAY the redesign is more than "just painting a pretty picture". The money is going toward making the new website more user-friendly and data-focused, with enhanced security and a back-up system in case of emergencies; he said there's no way one million dollars would cover that.

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