1st post on the new site!

Welcome to the launch of the new GDCDA site!

When GDCDA (then Dallas County Development) had its first board meeting in 1988, Microsoft just introduced everyone to Works (not Word) and Excel. Today, I am writing this blog post using Microsoft Office on a phone which is simultaneously providing navigation in a moving vehicle.

This anecdote as an example of the blistering pace of technology. We considered this progress, the growth of Dallas County and the fact we are vanguards in the Economic Development industry and realized our old site did not represent any of these things well. It was dated, clunky, full of broken links and rather plain.

Our goal for this new site was to have something unique, clean, accessible and even a little customized. BingBang, out of West Des Moines, took this vision and our culture and built this site. We feel it perfectly represents who Greater Dallas County Development is, how we perform, our network of professionals, and why Dallas County is THE place in Iowa, and the nation, to start or expand your business.

Changes and new features include:

1. Visually striking:
Our last website had marketing material required a user to download in order to understand the desired intent. This site has testimonials, graphics, and videos, all making for a comprehensive experience without requiring the user to go outside the site. There are still downloadable documents, but instead of marketing material, they are data-driven documents made for those with specific questions

2. Secure:
We have created this site in compliance with Site Identity Certification. You will notice a lock icon in the address bar indicating that this site has been verified as belonging to Greater Dallas County Development and is secure as it related to any sort of sensitive information

3. Intuitive:
The site adds pages and information below the clickable function, making the page open like a document. Instead of bouncing between pages, it simply adds you requested page to the current page, making movement throughout the individual track of the site seamless. These tracks will allow you, the user, to see what aspects of the site you are most concerned with without having to slog through irrelevant information. The new site is also mobile and tablet optimized.

Please, enjoy the website and if you have any questions, we have a “Contact Us” section that will get you right to my desk.

Thank you and have a productive week,

Jeremy M Voss

Project Manager-GDCDA

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