Cornwall Recognized for Social Media Efforts

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Social_mediaAt the recent Team Cornwall Year in Review, Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy correctly stated that it is the private sector that creates job and growth in Cornwall, while the job of government is to create the right atmosphere for growth.

We certainly agree with the Mayor, yet  every once in a while it is also appropriate to recognize the work that the City of Cornwall is doing as well.

In 1996, Cornwall was one of the first Canadian municipalities to develop a website. It was very early days for the “world wide web”, and although the City had information on what was called the National Capital Freenet, Cornwall Economic Development took the plunge and put together an entertaining new website.

In fact, the City of Ottawa took a look at what Cornwall was doing, and decided to copy it.

A few years ago, when Jim Watson was elected Mayor of our Nation’s capital, he singled out Cornwall as community that Ottawa could emulate when it came to pursuing new investment. He particularly admired how Team Cornwall was working with Cornwall Economic Development to promote the city.

Which leads us to 2014.

Earlier this year, Cornwall was ranked #4 out of 444 Ontario Municipalities for their social media efforts.  The study specifically looked at the social media efforts of municipal government, and in Cornwall that effort is the domain of Cornwall Economic Development.

The City has the two largest pages on Facebook with over 6,000 and 8,000 combined members. It also operates two popular Twitter accounts and maintains a YouTube channel.

“The last time I checked, we were not the 4th biggest city in the province,” says Team Cornwall Chair Peter Gault. “This tells me that once again, Cornwall is leading the way and is demonstrating that when it comes to communication and promotion, we are second to none!”

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