The village of South Holland is taking its community-friendly concept to a new level through the use of social media. Members of the Economic Development Commission created a Facebook "fan” page as a way to encourage connections.
Friends of South Holland, as the page is titled on Facebook, serve as an additional tool to tell the community’s story. There’s a lot going on in this town, especially since the implementation of the Vision 2022 plan, and having another way to share community news is a good thing.
EDC members, all of whom are residents that volunteer their time and talent serving their community, created the page and administer it. Stephanie Walters-Jackson, a new member of the commission, takes care of most of the postings, encouraging residents and businesses to “Like” the page.
South Holland is a business-, resident- and customer-friendly community, which is the story that EDC strives to tell through their postings on the Facebook page. They hope to encourage more local shopping, greater participation at community events, and better interaction among community stakeholders.
While the Friends of South Holland page has been available for just a few months, it already has more than 200 “Likes.” EDC has done a good job making the page interesting and engaging through the use of many pictures. They post pictures and related news bites of things that community members and visitors can relate to, such as groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings, road closures and street resurfacing projects, community events, and general community news, including village leadership appointments and awards.
Recent postings have included the grand opening of the South Holland Panera Bread, featuring drive-through service; resurfacing of South Park Avenue and 162nd Street; the new Extreme Clean Car Wash, featuring a dog wash; and Vision 2022 progress, such as new street signage.
South Holland values personal connections and the new Facebook fan page provides an opportunity to grow and develop relationships locally, regionally, and even worldwide. The page complements the village website very nicely, allowing prospective residents and businesses to enjoy a virtual visit to the community through the images and stories shared online.
EDC members are committed to growing the fan page. Chairman Clint Verhagen, along with members Garrick Bradley, Larry Broertjes, Jamieson Clay, Tim DeYoung, Kenneth Draus, Daryl Forney, Don Grimwood, Brian Kamstra, Prince Reed, Constance Tucker, Brent Verhagen, Steve Vinke, and Stephanie Walters-Jackson welcome visitors to the Friends of South Holland page. Visit https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfSouthHolland.