Small towns need to dust off websites

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2009 - 11:09 PM
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crankyhankMay. 29, 09 6:31 AM

... WITHOUT having the goverment spending 100 times the actual cost of the work, now how is that going to stimulate the economy? LOL! Lileks for president!!!!

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RebeccaWriteMay. 29, 09 8:47 AM

Local governments can get a nice site up by utilizing freelance professionals and avoiding having to pay "the middleman." There is a great little co-op in the Twin Cities called Bravura Communications. They charge a fraction of what the agencies cost.

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BABloomMay. 29, 09 3:32 PM

Great option for new grads to build websites and resumes simultaneously

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laack1May. 29, 09 4:16 PM

There weren't websites available back in the days of the WPA and dustbowls and the like, but there were plenty of government "stimulus" projects that did send people into the country to gather local history and photos, and the results of those projects can still be seen in photo collections, public art, etc. This sounds like something that could really be a great idea and not just a humorist's only semi-sardonic take on a big gap in our information highway. The Lileks Project--I like the sound of that; let's go for it!

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LilBeaverMay. 29, 09 8:04 PM

from a historical stand point and or the view of tourists looking for an unique experience. Not all advertizing needs to focus on "Lakes and Fishing", there are antique shoppers, car lovers, vintage farm equipment people, those involved in genealogy, horse people, ect. The small towns need to be creative in their advertising. Land prices have forced the closure of drive-in theatres in larger towns and cities, but could be a drawing card in many small towns. These towns need to promote themselves, but be careful not to price themselves out of the reach of the average family. Could it be time for the return of the roadside "Cabin Camp" providing low cost over night accommodations as an alternative to motels?

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rashermanMay. 31, 09 8:29 PM

The Minnesota Historical Society has a web site that can be used by small towns - or anyone else -- to share history, photos and information about places -- whether they are the town or places within a town. The web site is called www.placeography.org -- a wiki about places anywhere that anyone can edit.

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