A contract to bring more business to El Dorado County apparently will likely be outsourced.
In July the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved spending $100,000 to develop a Web portal that would serve as a launching point or gateway to all the assets and resources available in the county. The goal was to promote economic development in the county.
In response to the Request for Proposal to build and maintain the Web portal, the county received 12 responses with only one being from a local firm. The screening of the proposals was conducted by a group made up of county staff and members of the County Economic Development Advisory Committee (CEDAC).
In September, two non-local firms were selected as finalists to be interviewed. Those interviews will be conducted by the same group of county staff and members of CEDAC with the recommendation forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for approval.
One of the companies to be interviewed is GLOGOU Inc., which is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in Boston and Beijing. The company describes itself as helping U.S. firms develop business in Asia and particularly China.
Ben Lee, who is one of the officers of the company, said the firm has two sides to it. One side helps U.S. companies develop business in China and the other deals with destination marketing, helping to attract Asian visitors to the United States.
Lee said the company’s strong suit is its technical skills with its engineers employing the latest technology to create Websites and do social marketing. “We are really a technology company,” he said.
In business since last year, the U.S.-based company has customers such as South Carolina’s Department of Commerce, Columbia University and others.
The second company to be interviewed is called Madison Ave. Collective (aka the MAC), which has been in business since 2008.
Located in Corvallis, Ore., the firm describes itself as a unique group of freelancers, consultants and professional contractors. They work both independently and collaboratively with businesses and nonprofits offering services, including Website development, professional coaching, photography and marketing strategies.
The proposed project involves creating the Web portal as well a mobile app that provides updates on county events. Assets would include businesses and restaurants, tourism and recreation opportunities, employment information and real estate services. The target audience would be people interested in living, working or recreating in the county.
How to pay for the ongoing expense of running the portal is still undecided, although selling advertising space on the portal or having the county host the Website remain options.
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