Looking to the future, the productions may utilize local talent for the speaking parts.
Kennedy played several excerpts of the Baum expedition.
“The big thing is, this is to take place over two or three days and is not for just one destination,” she said.
“It integrates text, photos, maps and other digital technology to go along with the point-to-point narration.
“It really has all these activities, and you can earn points — like a game.
“The beauty of this app is that it draws content off our websites, and business owners can make changes at any time,” she added.
Kennedy is encouraged by the interest shown as she has contacted tour companies, including some from as far away as China.
JUNE TARGET DATE
The app is still in the development stage.
“The challenge we have is that currently an app like this does not exist, but we expect it to be ready in the spring,” Kennedy said.
She hoped a beta version will be ready by the end of this month, with everything in place by the first week in June.
Other possible scenarios include farm to table, the War of 1812, the region’s industrial heritage and the importance of the area’s natural resources.
Businesses can be listed on the app at no charge, but it will cost $250 to have a promotional application.
Also at the chamber function, participants got to know more about one another’s towns and businesses, with about 20 representatives giving short descriptions of their respective entities.
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ON THE WEB
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