The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 21, 2013

Sophia debuts new website

By Brandi Underwood
Register-Herald Reporter

SOPHIA — After more than eight months of planning, the town of Sophia debuted a brand new promotional and interactive website Friday that seeks to better link community members with local events and happenings.

Coordinated by the Blueprint Communities of Sophia and facilitated by the West Virginia Community Development Hub, a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance community development, the website, www.sophiawv.org, was developed to promote civic engagement, economic growth, business development, tourism and beautification.

Steve Frame, president of Fj Marketing and head of the Blueprint Communities of Sophia team, played a large role in the website’s design and concept. He said that rather than being a static presence, the website will be interactive and updated weekly to feature events in and around the Sophia area, as well as minutes from community meetings and spotlights of area businesses and people.

“One of our goals for the website is to make local government more transparent to our residents and hopefully improve civic engagement,” said Frame.

In addition to the website launch, a newly formed committee, called The Footprint: Area Business Development Group, plans to reach out to area businesses beyond Sophia city limits, to include Slab Fork, MacArthur, Crab Orchard, Coal City and others  to increase area business development as well as community awareness of local businesses.

The group will have a special event, the Sophia Area Footprint Social Hour, Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pioneer Community Bank in Lester Square. The event will be a socializing and networking event for local businesses, as well as a way to find out more about The Footprint Group and ways to become involved in local businesses development.

For more information on the event, contact Steve Frame at 850-348-0560.

 — E-mail: bunderwood@register-herald.com