Saturday, June 01, 2002

Warren Co. group unveils Web site

By Cindi Andrews,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Vision Warren County — a public-private effort to improve family life here — culminated Friday in the unveiling of a new Web site with more than 1,400 listings on programs and activities.

        “It's going to be such a valuable resource because all the information we need is in one place,” Lebanon City Schools Superintendent Bill Sears said.

        State Rep. Tom Raga, R-Deerfield Township, and the county United Way launched Vision Warren County a year ago in response to a survey that showed social and family issues are residents' top concerns.

        Businesses, nonprofits, schools and county agencies joined the effort, and the group decided to begin with a Web site about existing services.

        The result — — includes links and information on arts and recreation, child care, civic groups, education, job services, health care, housing, senior services, transportation, church groups and youth activities.

        Cintas employee Dan Casey created the site, and the United Way will update it weekly.

        Pamphlets about the site are being distributed through school districts and agencies and businesses, Mr. Raga said. The site also will be marketed through donated billboard and newspaperadvertising.

        With the site launched, Vision Warren County can address other issues now, Mr. Raga said Friday: affordable housing, transportation, and jobs and training.

        “This is not an ending today,” Mr. Raga said. “This is a beginning of what we're going to attack in the future.”
        To learn more, visit or call (513) 695-2237.


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