This is the issue. Newberry has a communication problem. Too many times, residents simply don’t know about an issue until it’s too late. Now, to be fair, communication is a two way street. Residents have to take responsibility for their fair share of working to get the information they need. That being said, the City’s main venue for communication seems to be their website, which isn’t updated on a regular basis, and quite frankly, it really isn’t very user friendly. Obviously, the main problem with depending primarily on the website to communicate with residents is that it leaves those who do not have access to the internet out of the loop, which means we need another venue for communication.
So, in my opinion, the first thing the City needs to do is revamp its website. We have to start by making it user friendly and making sure that it is updated and current. A website that has information that is two-weeks old is worse than useless because, once a website has a reputation for not being current or useful, people rarely check back. Revamping the website is going to accomplish multiple goals. Not only can we have a website that residents find inviting and informational but also one that businesses find inviting and informational. Let’s face it, if a potential business is going to look at Newberry, it’s going to look at us first through our internet presence. Right now, that internet presence is dismal. In fact, we may be losing potential businesses by showing that we are failing to engage in technologies essential to the 21st century. So, even though I understand that revamping the website isn’t a complete fix to the problem, I still feel that it is a necessary first step.
Next, I would like to continue to work with the Main Street Organization to get a news letter that focuses on Newberry up and running. This would be an excellent activity not only for Main Street but also for the Panther Press, Newberry High School’s newspaper. This too would accomplish multiple goals. It would increase the participation of our youth in community activities. It would be a potential revenue source for Main Street, which would allow them to host more festivals and other activities that bring people, and their money, into Newberry. And, it would accomplish its primary goal of increasing the communication between the residents and the City officials. Please, if you have other suggestions or opinions or questions about my ideas, comment below!