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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Commissioners discuss Leavenworth County 'welcome' video

  • A video designed to promote Leavenworth County could appear on the county government's website in the near future. But, don't expect to see any Leavenworth County commissioners featured.
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  • A video designed to promote Leavenworth County could appear on the county government's website in the near future. But, don't expect to see any Leavenworth County commissioners featured.
    The three commissioners indicated Thursday they don't wish to appear in the "welcome" video.
    The video will be the first of four produced for the county as part of an agreement with CGI Communications. The public will be able to access the videos through a link on the county's website.
    The Rochester, N.Y., company will be producing the videos for the county for free. But, the company will sell advertising that will be posted on the same link.
    The County Commission approved the agreement with CGI last month.
    Larry Malbrough, the county's director of Information Systems, told commissioners Thursday that CGI officials want to have the initial welcome video on the link "in the next month or so."
    He said the company was prepared to a send a videographer to Leavenworth on April 22. He said this can be canceled or commissioners can move forward.
    "Your options are really across the board," Malbrough said.
    He said commissioners can write the script themselves, or CGI can prepare a script to submit to the commission for approval.
    Malbrough said a commissioner can appear in the video, or a commissioner can provide only voice-over narration for the video. He said CGI also can hire someone to handle the voice-over duties.
    "Forty-five seconds is what they're shooting for," he said.
    During Thursday's meeting, commissioners watched videos that had been produced by CGI for the city of Lansing, Platte County, Mo., and Unified Government in Wyandotte County.
    "They can produce the script," Leavenworth County Administrator Pat Hurley said. "They can produce the images, the voice-over. They can do all of that."
    He said the goal of the videos is to show the appeal of Leavenworth County to people who may be thinking about moving to the area.
    In initial discussions with CGI, history, communities and quality of life were considered as themes for the three remaining videos, Malbrough said.
    "This welcome piece is the one we need first," he said.
    Commissioner Dennis Bixby suggested commissioners produce lists of things in their districts they wish to highlight in the videos. He said these can be compiled when commissioners meet again Monday.
    Bixby also suggested sponsoring a photo or video contest featuring activities in the county. He said this may give commissioners ideas about activities they have forgotten.
    Malbrough suggested there may be catchphrases commissioners want included in the videos.
    Bixby said he would be inclined to have CGI hire someone to do the voice-over work.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Well, I concur," Commissioner Clyde Graeber said. "Bring the professional in to do the 45 seconds."
    Malbrough said it sounded as though commissioners were in agreement about having CGI be responsible for the voice-over work. He asked if commissioners wanted to write the script.
    Graeber said he would like to see what the company proposes. He said commissioners may make changes to it.
    Malbrough said he will bring the script to the commissioners after it is written by CGI.
    Hurley said the videos are a good tool to promote Leavenworth County attractions.
    "It's pretty exciting when you think about what it can do," he said.

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