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July 10, 2013

Community calendar to bring it all together

MERIDIAN —     Bookmark it for easy reference or find it on one of four existing websites, but if you want to keep up with area events, from church singings to dirt racing, the new community calendar for Meridian and Lauderdale County has arrived.

    It's found at: www.meridiancommunitycalendar.com/mastercalendar.

    Or users can find links to it at websites for the City of Meridian, Visit Meridian (tourism), the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, or Main Street Meridian.

    The new website features announcements from all of those four groups, according to Dede Mogollon, executive director of Lauderdale County Tourism. Mogollon and representatives from other agencies participating in the development of the website announced its launch on Tuesday.

    It is up and running, and according to Mogollon, it provides a much-needed answer to those who have asked, "Where do I  go online for everything going on around here?"

    "We want absolutely everything on the calendar. Now everybody can access everything at one point," Mogollon said.

    Before this, a person who wished to promote an event would have to go to each individual website to post it.

    "Then, when you were trying to see what else was going on, you had to go to all four calendars to see what is happening." Mogollon said.

    An additional feature is the ability to make changes to calendar announcements as many times as necessary. For instance, the Jimmie Rodgers festival is set for next May, but there hasn't been a specific date or lineup announced. Mogollon said as those decisions are made, users of the website will be updated.    Entries will go through either Lauderdale Tourism, Meridian Main Street, City of Meridian, or EMBDC. Administrators will check the submissions for events to be added.

    Any community event can be added to the calendar. However, people who want to add events to the website need to be trained on how to do so. That's why there is training set up for using the website. On Thursday, training will be offered free of charge at the MSU Riley Center Meeting Room 3A. The first session will be held at 10 a.m. and the second session will be held at 5:30 p.m.

    Meredith Rea, Public Relations Coordinator for EMBDC, said the idea came from one of the monthly meetings  the four agencies have begun having in recent months.

    "The way this came about was to try to make sure that everybody could learn what's going on with all the other organizations. We wanted to be able to plan better," Rea said.

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