Class provides instructions, gateway to put community on web

A web site has been developed for all Kansas towns where photos can be posted and communities can list their attractions.

A class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Valley Falls where local leaders can come together to learn how to get their communities represented.

Sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, the web site provides communities with the opportunity to list information about their town including the eight basic elements, history, culture, architecture, art, commerce, customs, geography, and people.

The web site can be accessed at getruralkansas.org where the list of enrolled Kansas towns can be found. The one-day class is required in order for a community to participate.

The class will be held at The Barn Bed and Breakfast on Blue Mound Road. The cost, including lunch, is $30. Those attending the class must bring a laptop computer. To register, go to kansassampler.org or call 620-585-2374. Early registrations will be appreciated.

“Rural communities have lots to offer an explorer audience but the smallest cities seldom have the means to do the necessary marketing,” said Marci Penner, executive director of the foundation.

Rural Kansas: Come and Get It is a project to collectively promote rural communities. The first result of this project is the getruralkansas.org website that provides information about explorer attractions and social networking tools designed to help the world “get” or understand rural life.

Tom Ryan, The Barn innkeeper who has been host to an annual rural communities retreat for nearly 20 years, was instrumental in getting the class to come to Jefferson County and hopes at least one person from every community in the county will take advantage of this opportunity.

“It only takes one or two people who are interested to take on the task of seeing that their community is online,” he said.

Ryan said people on economic development committees look for opportunities all the time and here is a chance to include one’s community for very little cost.

The communities on the site have taken a class to learn how to research their towns, how to write entries, how to populate the site, and how to create a Facebook page. More than half of the communities that have taken summer classes in 2009 and 2010 are now live.

Penner and WenDee LaPlant teach how to gather content for the site. In addition to assessment, class participants will learn how to download and resize pictures, how to populate and maintain the web site, and how to start a Facebook page for their community.

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