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Kane County initiative connects residents

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Residents of Kane County have a new way to connect with others who share their interests.

Kane County has launched Kane County Connected, a social media effort that aims to build communities.

County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen stressed to reporters Tuesday that Kane County Connected is for and about the citizens.

“This is not about propaganda for the county,” he said, describing it as a way to make it a little more fun to live in Kane County.

Since July, Kane County Connected has launched 10 networks: athletes, employers, gardeners, global ambassadors, green advocates, moms and dads, pet owners, taxpayers, youth and veterans.

Organizations also can submit information to a community calendar.

The calendar and each network can be accessed through Kane County Connected’s website, www.kanecountyconnected.com. Facebook pages have been created for each group.

Uses for the networks include promoting events and sharing advice and photographs.

For example, the moms and dads network aims to help parents raise strong, successful families, said Cheryl Maraffio, the community outreach coordinator who oversees that group.

Several bloggers contribute to the moms and dads network, she said, and users have been asked to share recipes for Thanksgiving and will be asked to share children’s holiday craft ideas.

County Board member Ron Ford, D-Aurora, said Kane County Connected supports the concept of pressing Kane County forward.

“I personally believe as this grows, the value of Kane County Connected will be priceless,” Ford said.

The use of social media – which includes Google+, Twitter and YouTube – should appeal to the younger generation, County Board member Kurt Kojzarek, R-Gilberts, said.

The initiative is funded by savings in other areas, Lauzen said, noting the county doesn’t have a public relations employee or county administrator.

On the Web

Visit www.kanecountyconnected.com or www.facebook.com/KaneCountyConnected for information about Kane County Connected, a new initiative that aims to bring county residents together based on their interests and the activities that surround those interests and passions.

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