During the past year, we have been working on the development of a community calendar. The impetus of this project came after attending several local events where people would catch up with each other and talk about what they have been doing.
Eventually some other event would be mentioned and someone would say, “I would have gone to that event if I had known about it.” These comments led us to start thinking about community event information about Perry events.
Part of the problem is there are five generations coexisting in Perry that get their news from different sources. We have our traditional information sources such as the newspaper, the CHAT sheet, the radio station, print flyers, table tents, posters and billboards. Then there are the electronic sources of information, such as the electronic bulletin board on First and Willis Avenues, texting, facebook, emails, websites, and Twitter feeds. Each generation likes to obtain its information in the specific ways it is comfortable using.
Another problem is there is a language barrier between our recent immigrants and English-speaking residents. If we could create a central place to post public event information, could we take advantage of modern technology and make it available in other languages to improve participation of our newest residents in our events?
About this time we came across an astounding statistic: The growth in the use of smart phones in the last two years has been phenomenal. This led us to think about how we could take advantage of this growth of smart phone usage and the need for a promotional and planning tool for public community events. What if we created a central forum of information that lived on the web and was mobile friendly to smart phones?
The Perry Community Calendar — Perry 1 Calendar —was created to be the central forum for public event information for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. If your event is open to the public, then you may post your event on the calendar. Some examples of events to be posted include a church having an ice cream social, a Boy Scout troop encouraging membership, a Zumba Class, a literacy program promoted by ISU Extension, a diabetes support group held at the Dallas County Hospital, a book discussion at the library, a major town event or the junior class at Perry High School holding a car wash to raise money.
The main objective of such a calendar is to promote public community events in Perry for our old residents, our new residents, our neighboring communities, employees of Perry businesses that do not live here and visitors to our town.
Check out the Perry 1 Calendar on the City of Perry’s website: www.perryia.org.
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