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As far as I can tell, the website was last updated before the summer of 2003 so its almost 4 years out of date. When it comes to the business world attention to detail is very important and the lack of it can send the wrong message. The website of any business or city should be updated often to provide a sense of progressiveness and continual development.

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They still have a picture of Lou Holtz coaching USC under "Quality of Life", lol. Now that is slack <_<

Has someone contacted them.

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They still have a picture of Lou Holtz coaching USC under "Quality of Life", lol. Now that is slack <_<

Has someone contacted them.

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I've commented on this before; it is indeed pretty slack if you ask me.

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I sent them an email. Here is the response:

Mr. X,

this is Ryan Coleman from the Economic Development Office for the City of Columbia. I apologize for the outdated material on the website. The reason being is that the content was controlled by a former employee who is no longer with the department and with a web designer we no longer have affiliation with. However, there is a deal currently in the works for a overhaul of the "Development Gateway" website, and we should have an entirely redesigned webpage as well as greater content control to keep the information updated within the next two to three months. I apologize for the outdated information and I assure you I am doing everything in my power to rectify the current situation.

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Is it better to take down an outdated page, or leave it up? From a PR stand point, I mean.

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Is it better to take down an outdated page, or leave it up? From a PR stand point, I mean.

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Definitely remove outdated information. Most (not all, but most) people assume what they are viewing online is current information. Such a case can be extremely detrimental to a city's promotional efforts.

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I see the point of taking it down, but I could also see someone searching for the non-existant site thinking, "What a backwards place. They don't even have a website."

Mayeb they could put a disclaimer on it saying updates are coming soon.

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It seems like it would be a perfect use of a blog. Provide the lastest news eg. The Parking Garage is done! Ground being broken at Canalside (linky), and so on. That way the recent stuff is on the top, and anyone that wants to look at a development history just has to scroll through the archives.

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With as much stuff going on in Columbia, they might not even need an "upcoming projects" section if they can't rely on someone consistently to keep that section up to date.

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Sounds like they need to link to UrbanPlanet.org, where we keep up with this kind of thing.

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I sent them an email. Here is the response:

Mr. X,

this is Ryan Coleman from the Economic Development Office for the City of Columbia. I apologize for the outdated material on the website. The reason being is that the content was controlled by a former employee who is no longer with the department and with a web designer we no longer have affiliation with. However, there is a deal currently in the works for a overhaul of the "Development Gateway" website, and we should have an entirely redesigned webpage as well as greater content control to keep the information updated within the next two to three months. I apologize for the outdated information and I assure you I am doing everything in my power to rectify the current situation.

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They put out a request for bids 6 months ago... I think Cyberwoven has been awarded the contract.

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^So do you know when the new/revamped site will be up and running?

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^So do you know when the new/revamped site will be up and running?

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Unfortunately, you're probably right.

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This comes from the city council agenda for June 20th:

Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services for the Re-design of the Economic Development Gateway Website, as requested by the Commerce and Development Group. Award to The Rackes Group in an amount not to exceed $28,725.00. This firm is located in Columbia, SC.

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This comes from the city council agenda for June 20th:

Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services for the Re-design of the Economic Development Gateway Website, as requested by the Commerce and Development Group. Award to The Rackes Group in an amount not to exceed $28,725.00. This firm is located in Columbia, SC.

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