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Kane County ‘connects’ with residents

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 10:15 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Kane County's attempt to better connect with residents appears to be working.

Rick Nagel, a Geneva resident with a journalism background, is spearheading the Kane County Connects initiative, which began under different leadership in the summer of 2013.

The social media connection program aims to engage people with county government and to provide them with information they can use, such as road closures.

Since his last update to County Board members in May, Nagel said the initiative's total reach has grown to about 13,000 – a number that includes about 3,100 followers on WordPress, more than 1,600 followers on Facebook and 171 followers on Twitter. Additionally, he said, the WordPress site had more than 17,700 visitors and more than 50,600 page views in July.

"I cannot express how happy I am with these numbers," he told the Executive Committee Wednesday.

Kane County Connects accepts user-generated content, Nagel said, encouraging board members to submit items.

County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen told the committee members that Kane County Connects will become more valuable the more they use it.

"This is a wonderful tool to describe the initiatives and work you're doing," Lauzen said.

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