JCACC Economic Development Commission discusses option for new web developer

Mark Powers (left) will serve as the new chairman of the the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Commission following a vote during Thursday's meeting. Powers was also named the chamber board's new chairman in December 2018. He is pictured at the chamber's Jingle Mingle event, which was held at the C.L. Hoover Opera House.

An upgraded website remains a priority for the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Commission, and a new web developer may have been identified.

Mickey Fornaro-Dean — JCACC’s president and director of economic development — discussed website options during Thursday’s meeting. She said Golden Shovel was recommended to her as a possible web developer.

“They have been recommended to us by a site selector who uses them,” Fornaro-Dean said. “It’s not cheap, but they would redesign the website.”

Golden Shovel’s clients include somewhere between 185-195 economic developers, Fornaro-Dean said. The cost to hire the company would be $15,000 per year for a four-year time frame.

It is difficult to find information that may be sought out by potential economic development suitors on the EDC’s current website, and staffers have had trouble keeping in contact with the company that hosts it, which is based in Florida. Commission member Mark Powers said a decision must be made regarding the website soon.

“We spent a lot of money on it, and I’ve got so much heartache over it,” Powers said. “It is one of the most powerful pieces we can have for the world to see us, is our website.”

Commission member Pat Landes agreed.

“Whatever we can do to get our phones ringing, we’ve got to do it,” Landes said.

Fornaro-Dean said she has budgeted $10,000 for the website this year, so some additional funding options may need to be discussed.

“We can put it on the agenda for next month for discussion,” Fornaro-Dean said.

In other business, commission members voted to appoint Powers as the EDC’s new chairman. Powers was also approved as the chamber board’s new chairman in December 2018. Landes will now serve as the EDC’s vice chairman.

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