Thursday December 18, 2008
The Blount County Economic Development Board (EDB) website has earned top awards from two professional organizations. In separate awards programs the website, www.blountindustry.com is named first place and standard of excellence honors from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Web Marketing Association.
"It is gratifying to be recognized," says EDB Executive Vice President Bryan Daniels. "We put a lot of thought and effort into producing the website so it would be an effective recruiting tool for our community."
During the IEDC annual meeting in October, the EDB website was awarded first place for general purpose website for communities with populations from 50,000 to 200,000. The IEDC sponsors the annual awards program to recognize excellence in the economic development profession honoring groups and individuals creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities. The IEDC, a nonprofit membership organization, is dedicated to supporting the economic development profession.
The EDB also earned the Standard of Excellence WebAward for government websites from the Web Marketing Association. Entries from around the world are judged on criteria that includes, design, content, innovation, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use. Now in its 12th year, the WebAward provides a benchmark by which all website development can be judged. The competition names the best websites in 96 industries.
The EDB website features online tools for site selectors searching for general or specific information about the Blount County community. The site also links to an application powered by the Tennessee Valley Authority that enables simple-to-use searches for property, buildings, demographics and maps. The information is easily captured to a PDF file that downloads to personal computers.
The EDB website was produced by Mediapulse, Knoxville, Tennessee's oldest and most established web design studio.
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