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County Board considers way to promote programs

GENEVA – Events held on county property soon might be a way Kane County promotes its initiatives.

County Board member Phil Lewis, R-St. Charles, suggested the advertising possibility Thursday as the Administration Committee considered event requests for the Kane County Courthouse and the Kane County Government Center.

"It's an opportunity for us," he said.

Kane Kares, Fit for Kids, recycling events and animal adoption through Animal Control are examples of what board members said could be promoted.

Operations Staff Executive Don Biggs said a message sign could be installed at the government center, which would cost about $30,000.

Lewis said that's not what he had in mind.

Board member Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, proposed involving Rick Nagel, a contract employee who runs Kane County Connects.

Kane County Connects is intended to engage residents with county government and provide them with information, such as road closures. Its online presence includes a WordPress site, an e-newsletter and accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

The county hasn't committed Kane County Connects as an online-only entity, Frasz said. Information about upcoming events at county sites could be forwarded to Nagel as they're approved, he said, adding Nagel could talk with department heads about possible promotions.

Lewis agreed to talk with Nagel.

The committee did not express concerns about the Fox Valley Folk Festival and the Advocate Dreyer Fox Valley Marathon using county property.

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