Cyber-promotionDevelopment groups design and program new Web sites
Online visitors hoping to learn more about what the Washington area has to offer now have three Web sites to visit that document such things as what businesses are located in town and what activities are coming up.
Recently, new collaborative sites for the Washington Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Washington (MSW) and the Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) went live. The sites have a common home landing page that communicates the differences between the organizations. A chamber member designed the sites using in-kind service as a means of compensation for the design work. The groups are working to add more information and make the sites more user friendly.
“The new sites have been a need for the chamber and the community for a good number of years,” chamber director Michelle Peiffer said.
Main Street Washington director Sarah Sadrakula said that the site was created using basic script and some photos.
“We are trying to highlight some of the events we have done in the past,” Sadrakula said. “We are working on putting together our events calendar and we will have a list of our sponsors and who supports our organization.”
She said that many of the photos detail projects that Main Street Washington has helped to bring about. Several businesses on the square that were aided with the Washington Incentive Fund (WIF) are included. Sadrakula said she is attending a conference in the spring and plans to blog about the conference on the site.
One of the pages shows the committees that make up MSW, as well as photos of some events that had been hosted. Volunteer forms are also available on the site.
Peiffer said the chamber’s site had been set up several years ago. She said that technology had advanced to the point where the chamber could no longer update its site. She said her main goal is to make the site user friendly for volunteers.
“It’s an easy platform and most of my volunteers can update and edit the information,” Peiffer said.
The easy platform makes it possible for the chamber to post current information about events. The site also offers links to area businesses.
Peiffer said that about two weeks ago, a woman visited the chamber who had learned about the community on the Web. She read everything about Washington and decided to move to the area. She moved to Washington in December.
WEDG director Ed Raber said that his new Web site has given him the opportunity to post a weekly blog on the goings-on around Washington. He said that the WEDG site is a repository of information he has received the most requests for.
“Either a link or the data is on the site,” he said.