New website provides full picture
By Stacy Aesoph, BEDC Director of Workforce Development
What do you do when you are considering moving to a new community? You want to learn as much as possible about the community to decide if it’s the right fit for you and your family. It’s a similar process when you consider a job change.
I moved to Brookings 4 years ago, and at that time it was difficult to find full community information and jobs. It was like trying to put a puzzle together – looking for different pieces all over in order to get the clear picture. In my case, going to a bunch of different websites to find what I needed.
When I started my current position at BEDC, I knew our community needed a website that put all the pieces together and would provide a clear picture of what Brookings is about. With all of the job openings available, we needed a website to help prospective residents and job seekers understand what is it like to live and work in our great community.
I spent months researching other community websites and found some award-winning examples. That’s how I came up with www.liveinbrookings.com.
The mobile-friendly website contains a wealth of information about Brookings:
* Homepage: Overview of Brookings, including population and location, accolades proving why Brookings is so great, and testimonials from residents.
* Work: Information about local employers and in-demand jobs; a free job board for employers and job seekers; listing of professional associations; and resources for entrepreneurs.
* Live: Basic resources for new residents such as change of address, utilities and internet providers; housing information including links to realtor and rental companies, median home values, and wage calculator; healthcare resources; childcare resources; community engagement opportunities including churches, clubs and interest groups, and volunteering; newcomer group; retirement; and transportation information.
* Learn: Listing of preschools and K-12 information; links to South Dakota State University; continuous learning opportunities including South Dakota Education Campus, Institute of Lutheran Theology, libraries and Makerspace.
* Play: Things to do in Brookings including, arts & culture entities, events, food & drink, outdoor activities, shopping, and sporting activities and clubs.
You’ll notice throughout the site there are links to other community partners. I didn’t want to recreate something that was already in place. For example, I included a downloadable link to the Brookings Community Guide, which is developed annually by the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Whether you are a new resident, a long-term resident, an employer, or a realtor, I hope the website is a great resource for you and provides the full picture of Brookings!