By Kyle Lovern
December 15, 2013
The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority announced today the launch of its new interactive website, and that the site is now live at www.mcra-wv.org.
According to Deputy Executive Director Leasha Johnson, the new website was designed with broadband marketing strategies in mind that allow for business attraction, the promotion of Mingo County’s business and industrial development assets and infrastructure, and assisting both new and existing business with development initiatives.
“The new website is an impressive showcase of Mingo County’s ability to leverage our natural assets into value-added, job-creating industries,” Johnson said.
With grant funding from the West Virginia Geologic & Economic Survey’s Broadband Grant Program, the MCRA partnered with the Rahall Transportation Institute and Bulldog Creative Services to design an entirely new website which is dynamic, interactive and informational. Bulldog Creative Services provided the technical and graphic design component of the project, and RTI identified the web structure, branding concept, and developed the new GIS web application which acts as an interactive site selector tool within the website.
Christine Borders, vice president of Bulldog Creative Services, said, “We were thrilled to be asked to partner with Mingo County Redevelopment Authority for this project. We worked closely with their team to give the website a fresh look that is clean and modern, all while creating a functional, user-friendly site.”
The geographic information system application which was built by RTI combines industrial site information, such as location, property size, lease/purchase prices, and other information, with existing infrastructure layers, enabling developers to have the ability to evaluate economic data available for Mingo County.
“The new MCRA website will provide businesses and developers with the resources and information needed to identify development opportunities within the county,” said Robert H. Plymale, CEO and director of the Rahall Transportation Institute.“The site-selector application on the new and modern website will provide ease and flexibility to developers, both public and private, in gathering information and determining optimal sites for business and production.”
Steve Kominar, the Authority’s executive director, said, “As we move into the phase of marketing Mingo County’s rich assets, we must present technology that will allow us to compete in the worldwide arena. I am extremely pleased with the product developed by the Mingo County Redevelopment staff led by Leasha Johnson. I feel we are in the position to showcase Mingo County to the world.”