Kenai gets new look from project

Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Janie Odgers made a colorful impression at last week's Kenai City Council meeting.

The executive director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce visited the council March 2 in order to present them with copies of a glossy new full-color business attraction brochure that's the result of a joint partnership between the city and chamber.

"We're quite pleased with the way it turned out," Odgers told the council.

Included in the brochure are facts and figures about Kenai's population base, airport, retail services, utilities, health care, marine facilities, recreation, overall economy and emergency services. Each page features

different areas of information and includes pictures designed to give potential new business owners an idea of what Kenai is like.

The brochure is part of a $10,000 project that began in August, when the council agreed to work jointly with the chamber to create a brochure and Web site that will be specifically geared toward attracting new business to the area. Now that the brochure is finished, it will be available to anyone seeking information about the city. Odgers said now that the first part of the project is done, the Web site is the next step.

"By the end of April, we hope to have everything up and running," she said.

In addition to the Web site, Odgers said an informational CD-ROM also will be created.

Council members said they were pleased with how the first part of the joint project turned out.

"Thank you," council member Joe Moore told Odgers. "It looks good."

Anyone who contacts either the city or chamber wanting to find out information about the city will be sent the brochure as part of a business-creation packet. The idea is the more people find out about the city, the better chance there will be they'll want to set up shop here.

Kenai Mayor Pat Porter said she believes the project will go a long way toward bringing new businesses into the area.

"I'm excited," she said.

Porter also echoed Moore's sentiments, saying the brochure will serve as an attractive centerpiece for people wanting to know about the city.

"It's beautiful," Porter said.

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