Kent prides itself on it’s small town charm but for a small town we’ve got a lot going on and it can be hard to keep track of everything — which was the motivation behind the City and the University purchasing a new shared electronic message board at the entry-way to the new downtown redevelopment (adjacent to Panini’s restaurant).
When we started tossing the idea around years ago message boards were much less common and we thought of ourselves as pioneers back then.
A little $100 million redevelopment project diverted our attention for a couple of years, and in the meantime message boards have popped up in front yards all over town, but that doesn’t diminish our enthusiasm for adding what we hope will prove to be a great way of spreading the word of the many athletic, cultural, musical, educational and otherwise fun events that Kent plays host to each week.
The electricians powered up the message board Monday morning so we spent the day testing different messages and photos of Kent to see how it looks on the big screen.
We’re still learning how to use the software and we’re experimenting to see what looks good on the screen. After a couple of hours of working thru options I feel like we’ve started to get an idea for how quickly to cycle messages and what types of graphics work best.
We’re looking to keep it simple but also professional, attractive and informative.
We are advising people that for right now we only plan to post information related to events that the City or the University are affiliated with, or sponsor in one form or another. Over time I hope we’ll be able to develop guidelines that may allow us to post additional events (like service clubs) but until we have some experience with managing this process we would like to avoid putting ourselves in situations where we say no to one group but yes to another without some clear policy explanation.
The City sponsors (financially) the Chamber, Main Street Kent and DICE events so I think we’ll be able to cover just about all of the typical community events that occur downtown and with everything going on at the campus we should plenty of functions to post.