by Paul Huggins
The Decatur Daily
The Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving its website a complete overhaul.
The bureau board of directors approved spending $15,760 with Red Sage Communications to build a custom site for the bureau and a second, smaller site for the Decatur-Morgan County Hospitality Association.
The existing website was created five years ago.
Tami Reist, bureau president, said the bureau has added many new pages to its site since 2006 but has not streamlined it or kept up with current Internet search trends. The staff has reported it regularly bogs down, delaying time for pages and links to open. The new site will have upgrades that make it easier to navigate with mobile devices.
The bureau did not budget for the overhaul. The 2011 budget has $10,000 in contingency funds for special events and expects to get a $5,000 grant from the state.
Wade Weaver, board treasurer, said the bureau has the reserves to pay for the upgrade.