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December 31, 2013

County seeks web makeover in 2014



Commissioner Johnny Westmoreland, District 5, said people are just looking for a way to know what’s going on.

“Some people in the community think that we don’t do anything,” Westmoreland said. “It’s a way to thank people and tell them what we do.”

The three newest commissioners agree that the 2013 upgrades to the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority sites reveal a blueprint for the necessary changes.

Both entities have interactive and up-to-date information presented in an easy to navigate format with a complementary look.

“I think what they did is a home run,” Craig said.

French expects the web issue to make the county agenda very soon.

Potentially using a web developer to overhaul the county website and email isn’t the only work area. French said these groups could put the county government on social media outlets as a point of community contact.

Public works interaction is one example.

“When you click on Public Works, it should tell you where they are working. These things should come up instantly,” French said. “It will take a lot of leg work for our staff as well. We have a long way to go.”

The District 5 Commissioner said a plethora of local students or tech businesses would have the county Internet remedy.

Prospective industries and future residents look to the web first for community information.

“A lot of times they don’t know about us because of what’s on the web,” Westmoreland said. “We need to do everything we can to show other communities what we offer and get some businesses in here. This would be an easy way for people to know all about us. If we could update it and get the info out there, it can’t hurt us but it can sure help.”

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