Those looking to develop businesses, move or just learn more about Hardin County will have a wealth of information available at their fingertips thanks to a new website launched Tuesday by the Hardin Count Chamber and Business Alliance.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Jon Cross, president and CEO of the Alliance. The old webpage, said Cross, was outdated to the point that it was dropped by GoDaddy.com, leaving the Alliance without a page since August.
“We lost everything, but now we are back in action,” said Cross. While the page was down, he said, the Alliance continued to promote the county through social media such as Facebook and emails.
The new bright, colorful web site designed by Envisionwise, said Cross, and is at the edge of the latest technology for online pages.
The address of the website is www.hardincountyoh.org, with a shortened version of www.hccba.com.
Visitors to the site are welcomed by a series of photos inviting them to “build here, invest here, work here, live here, learn here and love it here.”
Information offered includes data to encourage economic and community development while giving insight to the chamber and tourism departments of the organization, said Cross.
Guests are introduced to the $200M capital investment projects which have taken place in the county in recent years, he continued. There is also a link with each of the city and village webpages within the county, said Cross, which allows the communities to highlight the things in their towns they are proudest to share.
Each month, he said, a business will be featured on the site by the Alliance. This month’s member in the spotlight is Buckeye Machine and Fabricators of Forest.
Upcoming events will be shared on the page, continued Cross, and selected news stories shared with the public. Guests will learn of the transportation advantages Hardin County offers with its rail, highway and airport opportunities. School websites will be linked to the site for promotion of the educational advantages in the county. That information also will feature the Ohio Northern University link, said Cross.
The site emphasizes the advantages of locating in Hardin County, but also promotes what is available within a 45-mile radius.
Developers are interested in the advantages with moving to a location within that range, explained Cross.
The new Alliance site is the only Internet location which brings together so much information about Hardin County in one place, he said.