BY ED GEBERT
DHI Media Editor
VAN WERT — Van Wert County will soon be getting a new look, but it will not be visible to the naked eye, no matter where in the county you live. The update will be online.
Van Wert County’s website, vanwertcounty.org, is in the midst of an overhaul. The new look of the website is coming soon.
“We’re 80-85 percent ready,” said Van Wert County Economic Development Director Sarah Smith. “I’m thinking that if we can get everything that we need, we can launch it in the next week.”
The new site will give a fresh look to the site which has been basically unchanged for the past several years.
“The goal is being more modern, more user-friendly. It does have added information, especially as an economic development tool, you have to showcase your county, what we have, quality-of-life items, community photos, so people can come to a website that is going to get them everywhere they need to go,” explained Smith.
The decision to update the county’s site goes back prior to February. The county commissioners began meeting with potential vendors about the change in February. Maverick Media of Delphos and Lima were selected, and meetings with that company began in March. Since that time, design work for the site has been ongoing, and each county office has been questioned about changes in content for the update. It will be a one-stop shop for anyone wanting information about the county from near or far. Some of the departments will have pages on the site itself with information. Other departments will have links to their current sites which are already tied in to the information to be provided.
According to Smith, there will be pages or links to pages for county offices, townships, villages, and services. Near to Smith’s heart is the chance to put all helpful information about Van Wert County in one place. That will help with economic development efforts for businesses out of the immediate area. Also to be linked is the soon-to-debut Van Wert Works website, which will list local jobs for those looking for employment.