Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New “Discover Owensboro” iPhone app now available

Keeping up with Owensboro is now easier than ever with the release of a new “Discover Owensboro” application available for download to users of the iPhone. The free “app” is a project of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation, Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau and was developed by Agent511, an Owensboro-based technology company.

Apps are software programs that can be downloaded online and then viewed and used anywhere on iPhones and certain ipod mobile devices. Nearly 34 million iPhones have been sold since they were introduced by Apple in 2007 and approximately 6.4 million iPhones are active in the U.S. alone.

“This is an exciting and easily-accessible way for people to participate in Owensboro,” says Nick Brake, EDC president. “This is a great way to promote our community.”

The “Discover Owensboro” app will have six features:

-       Local events
-       EDC blog of economic development news/ideas
-       Chamber member business directory
-       Promotional videos from the EDC
-       GO ChamberBook social media site
-       Map of local industrial sites

“There’s something for everybody on the ‘Discover Owensboro’ app,” says Jody Wassmer, chamber president. “You can find something to do, find a local business, promote your business, read about economic development...the iPhone app is part of a larger effort the chamber will take in 2010 to market the many good things occurring here.”

“We’ll encourage visitors to download the app and discover our events and festivals from anywhere,” adds Karen Miller, CVB executive director.

All three organizations plan to promote the downloading of the app on their websites and in their various publications and newsletters. They also plan to promote it for downloading to visitors at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport.

“There are a lot of innovative things going on here, and an iPhone app is an innovative way to promote it,” concludes Brake.  

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