The Farmington Downtown Development Authority unveiled a refreshed version of its web site on December 28, 2010. The new site is bright, vibrant and user-friendly. It is overflowing with information, all of which can be accessed from the home page. Navigation is simple. The search function is available on every page, and returning to the home page is as simple as clicking on the web site logo.
The primary categories, About Downtown, Food & Entertainment, Shops & Services and Downtown Events, are perfect for visitors and residents when looking for something to do or somewhere to shop. Upcoming events are posted on the home page and on the calendar under Downtown Events. The business directory can be accessed from both the About Downtown and Shops & Services tabs. History buffs will enjoy the historical information found under About Downtown.
People considering Downtown Farmington to locate a new business can find relevant data under Doing Business, including available properties, business incentives and pertinent demographics. Businesses that want excellent name exposure through sponsorship and advertising opportunities will want to investigateDowntown Events and the Main St. Messenger, a downloadable version of the Farmington DDA biannual newsletter.
There’s a Volunteer tab for those who would like to become part of the superb corps of volunteers that is a vital component in the success of Downtown Farmington. The new site is a good example of the importance of such volunteer contributions. An ad hoc committee began the process of improving the web site in early 2010. A primary goal was to have the web site match the friendliness and vitality of Downtown Farmington, similar to the rejuvenation achieved when the award-winning Grand River Avenue Streetscape was completed. Tammy Dafoe chaired, and Scott Freeman, Dan Higgins, Jessica Robbins, Marc Wojtowicz and Annette Knowles completed the Web Site Committee. They reviewed six proposals from web site developers and interviewed three finalists. WebAscender of Okemos, MI was chosen to develop and host the site. They offer a CMS (Content Management System) platform and DotNetNuke, an open source software, that offer much flexibility and opportunity for future expansion. A neat, new feature offered today allows the uploading of Downtown Farmington photos. Also with a click of an icon, one can check out Downtown Farmington on Facebook. All of this is possible at www.DowntownFarmington.org --- It’s Happening!